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Dead burglar's partner slams 'runaway' accomplice

PUBLISHED: 14:07 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:07 05 October 2010

THE partner of a dead burglar lashed out at the man she claimed had left him to die when he fell through a factory roof stealing lead, an inquest heard. Samantha Zammitt had to be restrained by her family at the inquest after she accused Tony Edmead of lying over the deasth of Terry Cheeseman, 27, in October

By Michael Parker

THE partner of a dead burglar lashed out at the man she claimed had left him to die when he fell through a factory roof stealing lead, an inquest heard.

Samantha Zammitt had to be restrained by her family at the inquest after she accused Tony Edmead of lying over the death of 27-year-old Terry Cheeseman in October.

"You left him to die," she shouted at him.

Edmead, 46, stood calmly in the witness box when a relative of his in the public gallery jumped up shouting: "He didn't, he never would."

She lunged for Samantha and the pair had to be separated by police officers there as witnesses.

The drama came after the inquest at Poplar Coroner's Court heard how Mr Cheeseman, who lived with Samantha in Tibbatts-road, Bromley-by-Bow, fell through a roof when he went with Edmead to steal lead at a galvanising plant in Three Mill-lane on October 8.

Mr Edmead panicked after he saw a hole in the roof and Mr Cheeseman had vanished, the coroner was told.

But instead of calling for help, he spent time looking for his friend and checking he was not at home, the inquest heard.

He then asked another friend, Chris Kray, to raise the alarm.

It was not until after 1am, 90 minutes later, that emergency services broke into the plant and found Mr Cheeseman lying on the ground. But he was already dead.

Edmead told the inquest he had intended to burgle the warehouse.

Pol Ins Steve McArdell said he would be charged later that day.

Poplar Coroner Sean McGovern returned a verdict of accidental death.

michael.parker@archant.co.uk

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