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Family tribute to woman murdered by daughter-in-law who set fire to her bed

The family of a murdered Newark woman have paid tribute to a ‘devoted mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend to many.’

Elizabeth Vamplew, 77, died from burns and smoke inhalation after a fire at her bungalow in Eton Court, Newark, on 15 December 2021.

Her daughter-in-law, Karen Vamplew, had deliberately set fire to her bed as she was lying in it, almost certainly asleep.

Vamplew, also known as Karen Degg, was found guilty of murder today following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.

The court had heard that the 44-year-old had considerable debts and that the crime was carried out in a bid to obtain inheritance money.

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Speaking after the verdicts were announced, bereaved family members paid tribute to the woman they lovingly knew as Anne.

They said:

“Anne was a devoted mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. She married her husband Jess in 1968 and embarked on their journey together in Collingham.

“Their family grew with the arrival of Mark, and later, they moved to Newark, where Rachel completed their loving family circle.

“Together, they created cherished memories travelling in their caravan, often accompanied by Anne’s sister Jean and their families.

“Anne and Jess found solace and joy in tending to their beloved garden, earning recognition with an award for Best Kept Garden.

“Christmas held a special place in Anne’s heart, as it meant being surrounded by her beloved family, the true source of her happiness.

“Anne was happiest when time was spent with her three granddaughters – Leah, Jessie and Isla. She was immensely proud of them all.

“Anne loved her holidays and adored cruising. She would cruise at least twice a year with family and friends.

“She made many friends on these holidays as she loved to chat and get to know people.

“She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.”

Vamplew, formerly of King Street, Newark, will be sentenced on Monday.

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