Murder, arson charges in Marysville death

Claudia De Assumpcao appeared in Cranbrook criminal court on Tuesday, March 12

A Kimberley woman had her first court appearance in Cranbrook Criminal Court facing charges of murder and arson over the March 8 death of a 47-year-old Marysville man.

Claudia De Assumpcao appeared frail and tired on Tuesday, March 12 when she faced Judge Grant Sheard for a judicial interim release hearing.

Wearing an oversized white sweater, De Assumpcao did not speak during the brief appearance.

De Assumpcao will remain in custody until her next court appearance on Monday, March 18.

According to RCMP, on Friday, March 8, the Kimberley detachment, BC Coroner’s Service and Southeast District Major Crime Section were called to investigate the suspicious death of a man at a Marysville residence.

On Saturday, March 9, RCMP arrested the 37-year-old girlfriend of the deceased, whom RCMP said was living with the deceased at his time of death.

Claudia Valeria De Assumpcao has been charged with second degree murder and arson in relation to inhabited property for an offence committed in Kimberley on March 8.

No details about the offence were described at Tuesday’s court appearance.

A woman with the same name is listed on the website aupair.com, offering nanny and senior care services in Kimberley, starting in March 2013.

The website describes De Assumpcao as a university-educated Brazilian woman who speaks basic English and is currently working as a housekeeper.

A photo on the web page resembled De Assumpcao in Cranbrook court.