Wells murder – man charged

Avon & Somerset Police have charged Antanas Jankauskas, 38, of Wookey with murder. This follows the death of 47-year-old Sarah Ashwell at her home in South Street, Wells. Jankauskas is due to appear at Taunton Magistrates’ Court today (Saturday 13 November).

The Police launched a murder investigation and four men were arrested on suspicion of murder, including Jankauskas. The other three arrested men have now been released under investigation. However one of them has been recalled to prison over other matters.

Yesterday (12 November) officers arrested a fifth man on suspicion of assisting an offender. He has been released under investigation.

In a statement, Detective Superintendent Gary Haskins said: “This is a large-scale investigation involving over 100 officers and staff from across our service. The picture we have built up is of a mother, daughter and friend who was well-known and well-loved. Her loss is deeply felt. Our thoughts are with her loved ones. We’re grateful for the support of the community in coming forward with information. It’s important to say that our work to get justice for Sarah and answers for her family is far from over. I’d ask people to continue to support our investigation in any way they can.”

The Police have also asked the public not to speculate on this case on social media. Doing so could risk prejudicing the legal process now underway.

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