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Murder inquiry: Tributes paid to a 'lovely, lovely lady who will be sorely missed’

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Centenier and special-needs teacher, described as being ‘passionate about her parish and Island life’, who died after being found with stab wounds at her rural St Peter home.

The States police have named Pamela Margaret Nisbet (68) as the woman who died on Monday evening following an incident at her house on Les Grupieaux, near Wheatlands Golf Course. Mrs Nisbet is survived by her husband, Dr Patric Nisbet.

Parish Constable Richard Vibert described her as a ‘lovely lady’ and said he had seen her outside her home hours before she was fatally wounded.

Armed police officers shut down the area on Monday at about 7pm after calls were made to the Ambulance Service. A 40-year-old man, described by the police as being known to Mrs Nisbet, was arrested at the scene and last night remained in police custody. Mrs Nisbet was taken to hospital but later died.

Pamela Nisbet (25459388)

The investigation, led by Detective Inspector Christina MacLennan of the States police Serious Crime Unit, was continuing today with forensic officers at the scene.

A UK Home Office pathologist was also due in the Island today to carry out a post-mortem examination to try to establish the cause of death.

Mr Vibert said Mrs Nisbet was ‘passionate about her parish, parochial matters and Island life’ and would be a great loss to St Peter.

‘I only saw her on Monday, hours before it happened,’ he said. ‘I passed her outside her home at about 12pm. Only on Thursday she was in the parish hall. She came in to speak about electoral reform – she was very pro the retention of Constables.

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‘That was Pam – she was never afraid of telling us what she thought because she loved her parish. I respected her for that. She was tenacious but a lovely, lovely lady who will be sorely missed.’

Mrs Nisbet served as a Centenier and later as a lay-member of the Youth Court Panel between 1996 and 2005. More recently she sat as a lay-member on the Law Society of Jersey’s Disciplinary Panel between 2007 and 2017.

Former Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand said Mrs Nisbet was a committed member of the Youth Panel while he was the Island’s Magistrate.

‘She was a very individual person and had her own style of doing things but she was a much-valued member of the panel. It was a sad day when we lost her services,’ he said.

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‘I met her more recently and we happily reminisced about the old times. She was a great servant to the court.

‘I am terribly sorry to hear of her loss.’

Former St Peter Constables Tom du Feu and Mac Pollard both said she was a dedicated honorary police officer during her service.

Mr Pollard said she was a ‘hell of a good officer’ who was also a keen horse-rider and golfer.

Mr du Feu added: ‘She was a very confident lady who gave her all to everything she was involved in and played a very important role in the parish as Centenier. She gave 100 per cent to her parish and the Island.’

Neville Benbow, chief executive of the Law Society of Jersey, also paid tribute to Mrs Nisbet. He said: ‘Pam Nisbet was a lovely lady and a true professional who served as a lay member of the law society disciplinary panel for ten years.

‘She made a substantial contribution to the community, including as a member of the honorary police and had a keen eye for justice. She will be sadly missed and we express our thoughts and prayers to her family at this tragic and difficult time.’

Jack Maguire

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