News – Killed Women Count: A project focused on highlighting the toll and tragedy of violence against women in the UK

By Alexandra Topping, Rachel Hall and Mabel Banfield-Nwachi

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Throughout 2024, the Guardian aims to report on every woman allegedly killed by a man, drawing on the work of campaigns such as Counting Dead Women, the Femicide Census and Killed Women.

The tragic stories of these women have been compiled and shared for the purpose of creating awareness for the public,

In recent years, a woman has been killed by a man every three days in the UK on average, and yet most of their stories have gone unheard. The Guardian wants to help change that.

  1. Christine Bauld, Died 3 March, aged 55

To residents of the village of Burbage in Leicestershire, Christine Bauld, known as Tina, was a familiar and friendly face. “The most smiley, loveliest woman that you could wish to meet,” according to one neighbour.

So when on Sunday morning police responded to reports of an incident, which would result in Bauld becoming the 12th woman in the UK this year alleged to have been killed by a man, the news stunned the village’s small community. “I couldn’t believe it. It was absolutely horrible,” one resident said.

Those who knew her describe Bauld as a force of positivity, “always smiling, always upbeat, her glass was always full to the top. The life and soul if you went out. She was absolutely lovely”.

She was 55 when she was found dead. Gregor Bauld, 22, was charged with murder and possession of a bladed article. A trial date has been set for September. He has denied the crime.

2. Paramjit Gosal-Gill, Died 23 February, aged 40

“Those who had the pleasure of knowing Pam would know what a warm, loving, caring and funny personality she was,” said a statement issued by the family of Paramjit Gosal-Gill, known as Pam to her family, who was found dead at a house in Buckinghamshire.

Her life was “short but meaningful in so many ways to so many people”, it continued. “We are all devastated she has been taken from us so soon and she will be deeply missed.”

Thames Valley police were called to Seeleys Road in Beaconsfield just after 6am on 23 February, where Pam was pronounced dead at the scene. Paul Gill, 39, has since been charged with one count of murder and is due to appear at Reading crown court on 5 April.

3. Sam Varley, Died 12 February, aged 44

Sam Varley was a character. The 44-year-old from Leeds loved music, and made it known. Becky Joyce from the Leeds-based Homeless Street Angels charity, which supported Varley, told the BBC: “When I used to take her to appointments we used to have CDs on, she used to make me put the radio on really loud.”

Varley’s life was cut short when she was found dead at a house in Brown Hill Terrace, Harehills, Leeds on 12 February. West Yorkshire police said a 54-year-old man, Warren Spence, had been charged with murder.

“She will be very missed by the whole community, she was such a light within the community and everybody loved her … Everybody has nice words to say about her,” Joyce said.

4. Claire Leveque, Died 11 February, aged 24

Canadian Claire Leveque had moved to a remote Scottish island to satisfy her love of adventure, to “do the things that she loved doing” and be “friendly to everybody she met”, her father said.

But the 24-year-old got little opportunity to live the new life she wanted. Just months after arriving on Shetland she was found dead at a property in the island’s Sandness area.

Police were called to reports of a disturbance on Sunday 11 February. A 39-year-old man, Aren Pearson, was later charged with murder.

Her father paid tribute to her “happy, positive” character, recalling: “My daughter texted me every night: ‘I love you Dad’. Every night of her life.”

5. Claudia Kambanza, Died 26 January, aged 22

Claudia Kambanza’s family said her sudden death had torn their hearts apart. Aged 22, Kambanza was said to be “kind and bubbly” and “a very strong young woman who was warm-hearted”.

The second born of three siblings, she was an “accommodative spirit” who loved to dance. A TikTok account shows Kambaza enjoying rides at the funfair or playing pranks on people.

She was stabbed on Hinderwell Street in Hull on 26 January at about 3am and died shortly after being taken to hospital. Mateus Johannes, 28 and believed to be her boyfriend, was charged with her murder and the possession of a bladed article in a public space.

Kambanza’s family has created a GoFundMe page to repatriate her body back to Namibia, where she was originally from. “Her sudden death has torn her parents’ heart apart,” it says.

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