Man charged with murder of mother and attempt to kill her daughter

Stacey Hill and her mother Wendy Francis
Stacey Hill, left, and her mother Wendy Francis were victims of the attack

A 50-year-old man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after a mother was killed and her daughter suffered life-threatening injuries.

Damian Homer is accused of murdering Wendy Francis and attempting to murder her 38-year-old daughter Stacey Hill in Worcester on Saturday night.

Wendy Francis, 61, was described by relatives as “one in a million” following her death.

Emergency services were called to a semi-detached property on Haresfield Close, in the Brickfields area of the city, following the attacks at around 8.30pm.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, Ms Francis died at the scene while her daughter was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

West Mercia Police said her condition is now stable and she continues to receive medical treatment.

In a statement on Sunday, her family said: “Wendy will be hugely missed; she was one in a million and much-loved.”

Wendy Francis
Wendy Francis - West Mercia Police/PA

Andy Fowler, 62, who has lived on Haresfield Close his entire life, said he had known Mrs Francis since he was a child, describing her and her daughter as “good people”.

“It has always been a good street,” he said.

“I know them very well. They are very good friends of mine. I have known Wendy since I was a kid. I am very shocked. I can’t believe it. They are all good people.”

Det Chief Insp Leighton Harding said over the weekend that the killing was an “isolated incident”.

He added: “I understand that incidents of this nature can be alarming, but I would like to reassure the local community that this was an isolated incident and there is no wider risk to the public.

“You will notice a higher police presence in the area in the coming days as officers investigate this incident. Our thoughts are with the family of the woman who has sadly lost her life.”