A MAN accused of killing a woman in a flat fire has been found not guilty of murder.

Louis Navarre was charged over the incident in Warren Drive, Crawley in July 2018.

Marie Denise Toulsee, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene of the blaze in a first-floor flat.

Neighbours reported seeing crime scene investigtors in white overalls examining the scene.

Mr Navarre, a cleaner formerly of Blackwater Close, Crawley, had been on trial before the first coronavirus lockdown.

His trial started again at Guildford Crown Court, and after five weeks, the 57-year-old was found not guilty by a jury this week.

Detective Inspector Chris Rambour said: “I’d like to thank the jury and all witnesses who provided evidence during this five-week trial. We respect the decision of the court, and our thoughts remain with the victim’s family.”