An 85-year-old great-grandmother was was battered to death in a “despicable and cowardly” attack in her own home, police have said.
Rosina Coleman was found dead by a handyman at the bungalow where she lived alone in Romford, east London.
Scotland Yard believe she was subjected to a “cowardly assault” between 7.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday before being left to die alone. She was found later in the day.
Following the attack the killer fled the scene and remains on the run, whilst police taped off the road to her home.
Ms Coleman, who is believed to have two children and five grandchildren, lived in the property alone after her husband died a few years ago.
Today neighbours were shocked upon hearing the news.
Pensioner Freda Bridges, who lives on the same, said: “She was a very nice lady. She has a very nice family, but they live a long way away.
“The police have been here all night and forensics, and the road is closed. We used to get on the bus together and go into London, she was still very active and used to clean her windows and everything.
“Her husband died a few years ago but she was still going out with friends and that sort of thing.”
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, added: “We do not know what has happened at the moment – she was just a really nice neighbour.
“I have not seen her for a month as we have been out of the country. I have known her for the 28 years we have lived here, she was very nice.”
Detectives are now appealing for any information about the incident after launching a murder probe today.
Police were called by paramedics just after 11.30am on Tuesday to reports of a woman found deceased at an address in Ashmour Gardens, Romford.
The victim who has suffered serious injuries was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem is expected to take place tomorrow.
Det Insp Paul Considine, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This is a despicable incident in which the victim, an elderly lady who lived alone, had been subjected to a cowardly assault that left her with serious injuries.
“She was discovered by a handyman working at the address.
“We suspect the incident to have occurred between 7.30am and 11:30am on Tuesday.
“I want to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to call police immediately.
“Did you hear anyone in distress or notice someone in the area who may have looked out of place? Even a fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation.
“It is imperative that we find those responsible for this horrendous offence.”
Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/16/grandmother-86-battered-death-bungalow-cowardly-assault-police/