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Man, 41, appears in court charged with murder of 'wonderful' mother in Ewell

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A man accused of stabbing a mother of four to death in the street has appeared in court charged with murder.

Ricardo Godinho, 41, is accused of fatally stabbing Aliny Mendes, 39, in Ewell, Surrey, on Friday afternoon.

Godinho, of Kingston Road, Epsom, appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Monday afternoon after a magistrates’ court hearing in the morning.

He was charged with murder on Sunday night, along with one count of possession of a bladed article.

A police statement after the alleged murder said Ms Mendes was knifed to death on London Road at about 3pm.

Godinho appeared in the dock with short hair and stubble, wearing a grey custody sweater, and listened to the hearing with the help of a Portuguese interpreter.

He gave his nationality as “Brazilian and Italian” and was then remanded back in custody.

A plea trial and preparation hearing was set for March 15 at Guildford Crown Court, with a provisional trial date of July 15.

An online fundraising campaign to help repatriate Ms Mendes’s body to Brazil has topped its £40,000 target after more than 2,000 people donated.

Vanessa Ferro, who started the fundraiser, described Ms Mendes as a “dear friend, colleague and mother of four adored children”.

“Her friends, church community, colleagues and her family in Brazil and other parts of the world are in total shock at the loss of this wonderful person,” she wrote on the fundraising page.

The case has also been referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct, Surrey Police said.

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