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A TEEN has been accused of killing his grandmother after a “midnight brawl”.

Swedish academic Vera Croghan, 89, was found dead just before 7 a.m. on December 11 last year, when firefighters called a fire at his £ 750,000 home in Norwich.

Her 19-year-old grandson Chanatorn Croghan has been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson and is expected to appear before magistrates in Norwich today.

He was arrested after the fire and jailed under the Mental Health Act and taken to the Northside Safe Department of Mental Health in Norwich.

Norfolk Police said officers were called to “report an argument” to Ms Croghan shortly after midnight on December 10, about seven hours before she was found dead.

A police statement last year said officers who initially entered the house “found that no crime had been committed.”

As per standard practice, Norfolk Police have referred their involvement in Ms Croghan and her family to the Independent Police Ethics Board.

Ms Croghan has taught Swedish at the University of East Anglia in Norwich for over 30 years and has written several books on learning the language.

Her family described her as “a popular mother of four and a grandmother of ten”.

In a statement last year, they added: “She was a well-known and respected scholar who taught Swedish and Scandinavian studies at UEA from its founding in 1963 until her retirement over 30 years later. .

“She was the author of the bestseller ‘Teach Yourself Swedish’. She loved Norwich and the surrounding area very much and loved the house in which she had lived continuously for 57 years.

“He loved to bake cakes according to traditional Swedish recipes, often with cardamom and cinnamon! In the photo, taken a few days before his death, he proudly shows a Swedish apple pie called “Fyriskaka”.

Forensic police teams and fire department investigators examined the blackened interior of Ms Croghan’s townhouse after the blaze.

Ms. Croghan was born in Sweden and attended Lund University, where she studied Scandinavian languages, English and comparative literature.

Her profile on Amazon reads: “Immediately after graduating, she was appointed professor of Swedish language at the University of Aberdeen.

“After marrying an English scholar she moved to Edinburgh and then they moved to Norwich when the University of East Anglia opened.

“He has been teaching Swedish there for over 30 years.”

Family friend Noel Course from Wreningham, Norfolk said: “I’ve known her forever. My father was her accountant and I lived around the corner before that.”

“She was such a beautiful woman, but she had grown a little frail. He was working in Swedish translations at home, but had retired.

“We traded Christmas cards recently. She was very popular. She is terribly sad. Her son has stayed with her over and over again.”

Sarah Burrow, UEA Vice-Chancellor at the College of Arts and Humanities, said: “Vera Croghan was a respected and popular member of the UEA community.

“She was a well-respected author of books and language learning resources that students have found incredibly useful for decades.

“As a founding member of our University community, Vera will be dearly missed and our hearts go out right now to her family and friends.”