Husband appears in court charged with murdering his wife, 40, who died in devastating house fire | The Sun

A HUSBAND today appeared in court charged with killing his wife in a devastating house fire.

Valentina Cozma, 40, died after a blaze was started in her home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on February 9.

Police launched an urgent search for her husband Georgian Constantin in connection with the horror.

He has now appeared at Stafford Crown Court charged with murder.

The 42-year-old is also charged with making threats to kill.

Constantin was remanded into custody to next appear for a hearing on March 17.

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Officers were scrambled to the burning home at around 3pm on February 9.

Sadly Valentina could not be saved with a post mortem confirming she died from inhalation of products of combustion.

In an emotional tribute, Valentina’s sister described her as a someone who "never gave up".

The loved one said: “Vali was the person I could talk to about anything. She offered me support whenever I needed it.

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"She always tried to keep the family together. Being an older sister, she made sure we didn't lack anything, even if she didn't have a thing.

"She went through a lot of hard times, yet she never gave up. I am appealing for help from anyone who has details that could help in solving this case”.

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