Christine Everett-Hickson: Tributes for woman who died after attack

Tributes have been paid to a "kind-hearted and affectionate" woman who died after being attacked at a flat in Derbyshire.

Police said officers were called to reports that a woman had been assaulted in Greenhill Lane, Riddings at 01:20 GMT on 18 February.

Christine Everett-Hickson, 21, was taken to hospital and died five days later.

Kain Tailby, 30, has been charged with her murder, Derbyshire Police said.

Greenhill Lane, Riddings
Christine Everett-Hickson died after being found in a flat with life-threatening injuries

In a statement, Ms Everett-Hickson's family said she had "one of life's purest hearts".

"Her charming nature always sought out the best in everyone and everything," they said.

"Her bubbly though occasionally shy personality highlighted her passion for animals, creativity, music and art.

"She had the most infectious smile and a laugh that could brighten up even the darkest of days.

"Losing her will forever leave a void in our family that will never be filled as she really was one of life's true blessings and she will be missed beyond words."

Mr Tailby, of Greenhill Lane, Riddings, is set to stand trial later this year, police said.

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