Teenager charged with murder after death of 89-year-old in house fire

There has been a fire on the junction of Colman Road, in Norwich. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

An 89-year-old woman died in a house fire on Unthank Road, Norwich - Credit: VICTORIA PERTUSA

A teenager has been charged with murder following a house fire in Norwich.

Vera Croghan, 89, died following a blaze at her home on Unthank Road.

Vera Croghan, 89, who died in a house fire on Unthank Road in Norwich

Vera Croghan, 89, who died in a house fire on Unthank Road in Norwich - Credit: The Croghan Family

Four fire crews were initially sent to the scene at around 6.40am on December 11 last year. 

Police were also called but, at around 7am, the body of Mrs Croghan was discovered inside the property. 

She had lived at the house for almost six decades and was later was described by a friend as a "lovely lady".

There has been a fire on the junction of Colman Road, in Norwich. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

An 89-year-old woman died in a house fire on Unthank Road, Norwich - Credit: VICTORIA PERTUSA

Mrs Croghan hailed from Sweden and taught at the University of East Anglia (UEA) for more than 30 years.

In a loving tribute, members of her family said: "Vera was a much-loved mum of four and grandmother of 10.

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"She was a well-known and highly respected academic and was the author of the best-selling 'Teach Yourself Swedish' book.

There has been a fire on the junction of Colman Road, in Norwich. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

An 89-year-old woman died in a house fire on Unthank Road, Norwich - Credit: VICTORIA PERTUSA

"She dearly loved Norwich and the local area and loved the house that she had lived in continuously for 57 years.

"She loved baking cakes from traditional Swedish recipes, often involving cardamom and cinnamon."

Chanatorn Croghan, of Northside, Norwich, has now been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson.

The 19-year-old has been remanded in custody and is appearing at Norwich Magistrates' Court today (Thursday, May 27).

There has been a fire on the junction of Colman Road, in Norwich. Picture: VICTORIA PERTUSA

An 89-year-old woman died in a house fire on Unthank Road, Norwich - Credit: VICTORIA PERTUSA


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