Family of man who was strangled to death in his own home pay tribute to ‘absolute gentleman’2 min read

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Family of man who was strangled to death in his own home pay tribute to ‘absolute gentleman’ as they desperately try to raise money for his funeral

  • Glen Hopgood, 52, was murdered in his home in Weybridge, Surrey, this month   
  • Son said Mr Hopgood had great sense of humour and ‘wore heart on his sleeve’
  • Ralph Carter, 59, was arrested at the scene and charged with his murder

The family of a father who was strangled to death in his own home told how he was an ‘absolute gentleman’ as they desperately try to raise funds for his funeral.

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Glen Hopgood, 52, was murdered in his home in Weybridge, Surrey, earlier this month.

His son Glenny told how Mr Hopgood had a great sense of humour and entertained friends with his one-liner jokes.

Ralph Carter, 59, was arrested at the scene and charged with his murder. 

Glen Hopgood, 52, is pictured with his son Glenny before he was strangled to death at home in Surrey

Glen Hopgood, 52, is pictured with his son Glenny before he was strangled to death at home in Surrey 

He will stand trial at Guildford Crown Court later in the spring.

Glenny said: ‘Dad was one of the funniest people you would meet. He loved his jokes and his one-liners. He wore his heart on his sleeve and was always laughing with a smile on his face.

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‘He loved his family and his dog Archie was his best mate. He was also a huge Chelsea FC fan – football was really important to him.

‘Dad really enjoyed his films and music. He always took the time to speak to people and always said hello to everyone. He was very generous and would share his last pound. He was a true one of a kind.’ 

Police and paramedics were called to Mr Hopgood’s house shortly after midnight on January 8.

They found him unconscious and in cardiac arrest.

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It was understood that Ralph Carter – a friend of the victim – was arrested at the house in Old Palace Road, Weybridge, Surrey.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said today that Carter had been charged and had been remanded in custody to await trial.

To donate to Mr Hopgood’s funeral, click here.

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