A pensioner has become London’s 100th murder victim this year after her body was discovered in a house fire.
Carole Harrison, 73, was found in her house in Teddington, south west London, following the fire in the early hours of Wednesday.
A post-mortem at Kingston Mortuary yesterday failed to establish a cause of death, and further tests are to be conducted, but police say she had suffered injuries ‘consistent with an assault.’
It is the sixth murder inquiry launched in London in a week and the tenth this month.
Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, who are investigating the murder, want to hear from anyone who saw Mrs Harrison the day before the fire.
Neighbours of the retiree have spoken of their horror at the incident.
Flo Osmond, 75, said: ‘It was awful because I saw a firefighter bringing her out. She was already dead. […] She was very difficult but a character, it’s not going to be the same without her.’
Neighbour Lottie Westgarth, 20, described Mrs Harrison as ‘very lonely’.
She said: ‘She needed a lot of help to do things because there were a couple of times [she had] a packet or a jar she couldn’t [open] herself. She must have been very desperate.
‘I spoke to her for 20 minutes last Wednesday. Her son was coming that afternoon. She asked me to open a packet of tablets for her.’
SOURCE: Jessica McKay