Horfield stabbing victim Judith Ege was visitor to Bristol
THIS is the woman who was stabbed to death in Horfield at the weekend.
Judith Ege was a special needs teacher on a visit to the city with her stepdaughter.
Yesterday police revealed that Ministry of Defence employee Barach Bandavad, who has been charged with murdering the 58-year-old, was the former partner of Ms Ege's stepdaughter.
On Saturday, Ms Ege and her stepdaughter travelled from Oxford to Bristol.
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Police confirmed that her stepdaughter used to live in Bristol. It is believed they had come to Bristol to collect some of the stepdaughter's belongings.
Yesterday, family members paid tribute. Her relatives said Ms Ege was a "beautiful woman, inside and out".
In a statement, relatives said she was a talented special needs teacher who had recently been persuaded to come out of retirement.
It said: "Judy touched the lives of everyone she met and left them feeling they were a better person for having met her.
"A gifted and talented special needs teacher, she taught those children the rest of society had often written off. All of her working life was spent developing children with complex special needs.
"Although retired, such was her ability and talent that she was persuaded to come out of retirement to help in the restructuring of a special needs school in Kuwait, where she would have been teaching special needs pupils and special needs teachers. She will be sorely missed by those children she taught and those she was going to teach.
"Family and friends were in abundance and, despite a very challenging work life, no birthday, wedding or other celebration was ever missed or forgotten. She made time for everybody and was happiest when making other people happy.
"Judy was a beautiful woman, inside and outside, who always looked on the positive side of life and always put the needs of others before her own."
Ms Ege was stabbed in the street just before midday on Saturday and died of her injuries shortly afterwards.
The street was closed on Saturday for officers to carry out their investigations and a cordon remained in place until about 6pm on Sunday. Police were still looking for the knife used in the incident last night.
Bandavad, who works for the MoD at Abbey Wood, was arrested in Southmead in the early hours of Sunday morning and was charged with murder on Tuesday night.
An MoD spokesman said: "We understand that an MoD employee has been arrested and charged by Avon and Somerset police. As court proceedings are active it would be inappropriate to comment further."
â Barach Bandavad, 38, of Highbury Road, Horfield, appeared in Bristol Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with murdering Judith Ege on June 30.
He has also been charged with robbing Alan Locke of a mobile phone on the same day.
During a five-minute hearing, he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth before magistrates remanded him national in custody to appear at Bristol Crown Court tomorrow.