Police name murder victim as suspect remains in custody

Police named the 23-year-old woman who was murdered in Grantham as Daniella Espirito Santo of Chestnut Grove in the town.

Julio Jesus, aged 30, from Beechcroft Road, Grantham has also been charged with two offences, the manslaughter of Daniella Espirito Santo and a separate charge of assault causing actual bodily harm also on Daniella Espirito Santo.

Both offences relate to separate incidents during Wednesday, April 8, before her body was found.

He remains in custody and will appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Saturday, April 11, for a plea hearing and trial date.

Detective Chief Inspector Karl Whiffen, East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “I would like to thank the community for their support during what has been an emotional and tragic time for the family of Daniella. The assistance and support my team has received is very much appreciated.

“I continue to appeal to anyone who has information that will help our investigation to contact me and anyone who was in the area around 11.30 pm on Wednesday evening, who saw or heard anything unusual.”

Contact police via one of the following ways:

  • Via the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident number 542 of 08/04/2020.
  • By emailing [email protected] please remember to put the reference incident number 542 if 08/04/2020 in the subject box.
  • Through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

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