Tributes paid to care home director killed in her mansion

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Tributes have been pouring in for a care home director who was killed at her mansion on Saturday.

Sonita Nijhawan, 38, was discovered in her property in Weybridge, Surrey, alongside a 46-year-old man who was suffering “serious” injuries.

She died as a result of head and neck injuries, while the man remains under arrest in hospital. Surrey Police said he was in a serious but stable condition.

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Mrs Nijhawan was the director of three family-run care homes in the south of England.

The homes were Springfield Manor, The Pantiles Care Home and The Cedars Care Home (Ashford). All three are owned by SPC Care Homes. She is also listed as secretary of Hampton Investment Private UK Ltd.

It is understood that Mrs Nijhawan worked in the care industry alongside her father and brother. On its website, SPC Care homes says that each of its home is tailored to meet with the specific health care needs that residents require.

“We have fully qualified trained staff that provide care plans personalised to the resident. Our specialist care and expertise in dementia, residential and nursing care allow our residents to have a better wellbeing in our care homes,” it states.

Neighbours of Mrs Nijhawan told the Richmond & Twickenham Times that she had only moved into her “dream home” recently.

One said: “We were doing our house up at the same time, they had moved in about a week ago. We talked about how it’s going on, what she’s been up to. They were a lovely couple. He was a calm, cool and educated man. It was really shocking. This was her dream home she was building. She was so lovely and really helpful and gave us advice for our house.”

Another neighbour told the paper: “It’s just a great shock, you don’t really expect it in a quiet street. They seemed like a lovely couple that were renovating their property with a young child. I’m sure we would’ve got to know them, we haven’t had that unfortunately.”

Detective chief inspector Jason Taylor said: “At this time I believe this to be an isolated incident, with no wider threat to the local community. This is a tragic incident and we will do all we can to support the woman’s family.”

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