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Neighbour shocked at sight of murdered pensioner, 70

PUBLISHED: 12:47 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:32 05 October 2010

Forensic officer at murder scene and (inset) neighbour Beverly who saw murdered woman

Forensic officer at murder scene and (inset) neighbour Beverly who saw murdered woman

A NEIGHBOUR has spoken of her shock at seeing the body of a 70-year-old pensioner covered with blood at the bottom of the stairs at her home in London's East End. Beverley Augustus described how she entered the house where the woman, believed to be Khyrun Nessa, was found with stab wounds. Beverley Augustus was returning from work late Tuesday night (August 12) to her terraced home at Byng-street in Millwall, two streets from Canary Wharf, when she saw a man who she thinks was a relative of the dead woman

Julia Gregory

A NEIGHBOUR has spoken of her shock at seeing the body of a 70-year-old pensioner covered with blood at the bottom of the stairs at her home in London’s East End.

Beverley Augustus described how she entered the house where the woman, later identified as Khayrun Nessa, was found with stab wounds.

Beverley was returning from work late Tuesday night (August 12) to her terraced home at Byng-street in Millwall, two streets from Canary Wharf, when she saw a man thought to be a relative of the dead woman.

“I asked him if he was all right and he kept on saying she’d been stabbed,” she told the East London Advertiser.

“He asked me to come in. I went inside the house and saw the lady on the floor at the bottom of the stairs, covered in blood.

“I felt sick—blood was all over her body. She was wearing a sari.”

Ambulance paramedics came into the house few minutes later.

Police dogs also searched the three-bedroom house. A child’s trike still lies abandoned in the driveway.

Beverly added: “I’m really shocked by what I saw. I can still see the blood.”

Five people are listed as living in the house—an older woman, a young couple and two young boys—one a baby, the other she thinks goes to a primary school nearby.

“I saw the lady to say hello’ to when she was putting out her washing,” Beverley recalled. “She’d been there about three years.”

Police took away a silver car from the driveway of the two-storey rented house which has been adapted for use by people with disabilities.

Officers from the Homicide and Specialist Crime Command were at the property yesterday.

The block of adjacent terraced houses and flats was sealed off all day as detectives carried out house-to-house inquiries.

A post mortem carried out at Poplar mortuary gave cause of death as stab wounds. An inquest formerly opens on Monday for identification.

Three men aged 31, 50 and 26 and one woman of 27 were arrested in connection with the incident. The 26-year-old and the woman were later released, while the first two remain in custody at separate police stations in East London.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about the incident in Byng-street on the Isle of Dogs on Tuesday at 11.30pm to contact the incident room on 020-8345 3714, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

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