Family pays tribute to Oakham woman after Langham man found guilty of attempted murder
The family of an Oakham woman who was victim of an attempted murder have paid tribute to her 'kind and loving' character.
Almost a year ago to the day, Truscott of Lowther Close, Langham went to the home of Emma Wolfenden in Bullfinch Close, Oakham and stabbed her 10 times. He also caused injury to a 26-year-old man she had met on the dating website, Tinder.
Emma was taken to hospital where she remained for three months undergoing treatment and surgery before being discharged in April.
In June 2021, Emma sadly died at her home. Following a post mortem examination, it was found the cause of her death was not directly linked to the injuries caused by Truscott.
On behalf of the family Charles Wolfenden, Emma's brother, said: "We are elated with the result of the trial but sad at the same time that Emma couldn't be here to see this.
"The result is a relief and I'm very grateful to the prosecutor, Andrew Peet, and detective constable Gemma Allen, officer in the case.
"The family also wants to thank the emergency services and police officers who attended the incident and did such an amazing job to keep Emma alive."
He added: "Emma had her troubles but those demons never distracted us from the angel within.
"She had troubles in life with alcohol use but that never defined her as a person and she didn't deserve what happened to her because of her vulnerability.
"He preyed on her vulnerability which makes him a monster - I'm glad that's been recognised."
Emma, along with her mum and dad, Anne and Michael, and siblings Charles and Laura, moved from Guildford to Rutland in 1989.
Since then she made a number of friends within the community both in her adult life and while a pupil at Catmose College.
During her life, Emma worked as a carer for disadvantaged children and helped people battling substance abuse. She was also due to start a qualification in social care.
Charles, who described her as a 'kind and loving' person, said: “Emma also had a great sense of humour and would light up any room she walked into. She loved listening to music, played the oboe and also enjoyed horse riding.
“After being discharged from hospital in April, Emma had been determined to keep moving forward with her life and to make a quick recovery. As a family, we were left devastated by her tragic death.
“Emma - you will forever be in our memories. We will never forget you and the happiness and joy you brought not only to our lives but to the lives of many others too.”