Sheffield man accused of killing stepmother

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A Sheffield man appeared in court today accused of killing his stepmother.

Timothy Patrick Jackson, aged 48, of Mount Street, Sharrow, Sheffield, is accused of killing Anne Jackson, 78, at her home Monmouthshire, South Wales, on Saturday.

He appeared at Newport Magistrates’ Court charged with murder and spoke only to confirm his identity before being remanded into custody as proceedings were adjourned.

Mrs Jackson was a well known poet, who wrote under the name Anne Cluysenaar.

She was born in Belgium but was an Irish citizen.

Literature groups said they were saddened to learn of the poet’s death.

She was secretary of the Usk Valley Vaughan Association in Monmouthshire. editor and poetry editor of Scintilla and a visiting teacher of creative writing at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

A spokeswoman for Literature Wales said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of esteemed poet and Fellow of The Welsh Academy, Anne Cluysenaar.

“Her long-standing contribution to literature, both locally and nationally, will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Anne’s family and friends at this sad time.”