Homeless man taken in by his great-grandmother, 83, accused of his murder – .

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Homeless man taken in by his great-grandmother, 83, accused of his murder – .


Tributes poured in for Patricia Holland, 83, who ‘spent her days helping others’ (Photo: East Anglia News Service)

A homeless man taken in by an elderly woman has been charged with his murder after “partial human remains” were found at his home.

Tributes were paid to the ‘charming little old lady’ Patricia Holland, 83, who was last seen on the night of Saturday July 31st.

Officers were reportedly called that evening to report unrest at her home in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk.

The widowed great-grandmother, who was described as “vulnerable” and walked with a walker, was reported missing by her family after they could not reach her the next day.

As concerns grew for her safety, officers, coast guards and volunteers from Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue scoured surrounding areas for Ms Holland.

Police revealed on Tuesday that they had arrested her tenant Alan Scott, 41, on suspicion of murder – although Ms Holland has yet to be found.

He was later released on bail after being questioned by police – but was arrested again on Saturday.

Norfolk Police today confirmed “partial human remains have been recovered” following “extensive searches” at Ms Holland’s home.

The agents carried out “thorough searches” at Ms Holland’s home before ‘partial human remains’ were discovered (Photo: East Anglia News Service)
Ms Holland has been described as a ‘charming little old lady’ (Photo: East Anglia News Service)

Scott has now been charged with the murder of the great-grandmother and is due to appear before magistrates in Norwich on Monday.

Police said: “As the formal coroner’s proceedings take place in due course, Pat Holland’s family have been notified and are supported by specially trained officers. “

Ms Holland’s family said in a police statement: “Our beloved mom, grandmother and great-grandmother have been taken from us in a way that simply cannot be understood.

“Last week has been the worst imaginable for us.

“Mom spent her days trying to help others, she reached out to the local people and wanted to make a difference in any way she could.

“We respectfully ask to be left in peace during this incredibly difficult time. “

The family had previously said they were ‘desperately worried’ about Ms Holland as she urged people to come forward if they had information that could ‘help us find our mother and nanny’.

Police outside the home of frail retiree Patricia Holland in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk.  Her tenant Alan Scott, 41, was charged with her murder after partial human remains were found at his home

Ms. Holland’s family described her as a “beloved mom, grandmother and great-grandmother” (Photo: East Anglia Press Service)

They said at the time: “We are desperately concerned for her safety and want her to make contact or come home more than anything.

“Mom is someone who walks around the town of Gorleston daily, socializing and trying to help the people she meets and improve their lives.”

Neighbors said Ms Holland, a widowed mother of four, took in the homeless man because she felt sorry for him and wanted to keep him off the streets.

She is said to have regularly befriended homeless people in the city and was a regular at the local church’s social banks.

60-year-old Tracy Bessey, who lives across the street, added: “She was a lovely sweet little old lady and quite vibrant for her age.

“She could only walk a few steps and leaned on a frame when she was on the move.

“But she used to go to stores and take a bus or a taxi home. She was always waving to everyone at her door.

Ms Bessey, a passenger assistant for children with special needs, said residents had “hoped for the best, but feared the worst” due to the amount of police “flooding the area”.

Norfolk Police said last week: ‘Initial investigations lead detectives to believe this was an isolated incident and as such there is no broader threat to the local community. “

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