Pictured: Mother-of-two, 33, who plunged seven floors to her death3 min read

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Pictured: Mother-of-two, 33, who plunged seven floors to her death – as police launch murder investigation and arrest 52-year-old man

  • Nicola Redman, 33, plunged more than 90ft from a 7th floor flat in Hove, Sussex 
  • Arrested 52-year-old is being questioned to police and was known to the woman
  • The case has been referred to police watchdog as both were known to police

A mother-of-two who plunged to her death from a block of flats has been described as the ‘life and soul of the party’ – as police arrest a 52-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

Nicola Redman, 33, fell more than 90ft from a 7th floor flat in Hove, Sussex, after reports of an altercation with a man who was known to police. 

Her death is being investigated by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team and a 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

On Sunday, her family paid tribute to the mother-of-two saying: ‘Nicola was the life and soul of the family. Full of colour and vibrant, a loving mother to two children and a caring sister and auntie. Life is not going to be the same without her.’

Her son added: ‘She was a joyful, kind-hearted and beautiful mother who will be greatly missed.’

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Sussex Police say the man arrested on suspicion of murder was known to the victim and have referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in view of recent police contact with them.

The woman is believed to have fallen from this balcony (centre, decorated with what appear to be coloured lights)

The woman is believed to have fallen from this balcony (centre, decorated with what appear to be coloured lights)

Miss Redman, 33, of Monument View, Brighton was found at around 6.00am Saturday after police were called to Clarendon House, Hove.

Resident Lesley Strong, 59, who lives three floors below the woman, told The Argus she heard a ‘loud bang’ during the night.

She said: ‘At first I thought the wind had taken something off the roof and I didn’t think anything of it. Then I heard a male voice shouting ‘help me, help me’.’

The case has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commisson (IOPC) as the victim and 52-year-old had recently been in contact with the police. (Scene on Saturday)

The case has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commisson (IOPC) as the victim and 52-year-old had recently been in contact with the police. (Scene on Saturday)

A man remains in custody and is being questioned by detectives.  

A spokesman for Sussex police said: ‘At 5.53am on January 18 police were called to after a woman believed to be in her early thirties was reported to have fallen to the ground from the 7th floor of the flats.

‘She was sadly confirmed dead at the scene. The death is being investigated by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team and a 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.’

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