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‘Beautiful and intelligent law graduate’ stabbed to death in horrific attack


Tamara Padi, 45, understood to be a law graduate, was found critically injured at an address in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of Wednesday. Police have arrested a man in his 40s, from nearby Dukinfield, on suspicion of murder. 

Friends have paid tribute to Ms Padi, a mum of two who grew up in South Africa before she moved to the Ridge Hill area of Stalybridge.

Writing on Facebook, one close pal said: “I am heartbroken. It seems like yesterday we were discussing with you studying law and you took it to further heights.

“Your beauty, kindness, and intelligence will remain in our hearts forever.

“My heart goes out to your beautiful lovely children.”

A former colleague, Adele Gardiner, described Tamara as a “lovely lady.”

She told Manchester Evening News: “I’m shocked, she was such a lovely lady.

“She was such a funny, outgoing girl.”

A neighbour said: “She was a lovely woman. She’d only lived here a few months, but she would always stop to say hello and ask how you were.

“It’s scary. I’ve lived here 31 years and you never hear of anything like this happening.

“I can’t believe it. That poor woman.”

A spokesperson for Manchester Coroner’s Court confirmed a file relating to Ms Padi’s death had been passed to the coroner.

Crime scene investigators recovered a knife close to the scene on Wednesday.

It’s understood to have been found under a van after the vehicle’s owner drove off to go to work.

A forensics tent could also be seen covering a white car parked on a drive.

It is thought the suspect sat in the car before fleeing the scene. One neighbour said his CCTV cameras captured footage of a man running down the street just after the attack.

The suspect remains in custody.

In a statement on Wednesday morning, Det Supt Richard Hunt said: “We are currently following all available lines of enquiry to ensure we piece together what has occurred this morning but I would encourage anyone with any information that could assist our enquiries to get in touch with police as a matter of urgency.

“Incidents such as this can be hugely unsettling for the community but I want to reassure the public that we are working at pace to ensure we establish the full circumstances and we currently have one man in custody.

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