Post mortem examination into woman, 100, found stabbed to death

A POST mortem examination opens today into the 100-year-old woman found stabbed to death in her home in London’s East End. A murder enquiry was under way yesterday after Hannah Fitzgibbon was found with a stab wound in her neck at her bungalow in Stepney

By Victoria Huntley

A POST mortem examination is being held this-afternoon into the 100-year-old woman found stabbed to death in her home in London's East End.

A murder enquiry was under way yesterday after police and ambulance paramedics found the woman, named as Hannah Fitzgibbon, with a single stab wound in her neck at her terraced bungalow in Hainton Close, off Commercial Road in Stepney, at 9.45am. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The post-mortem examination takes place at Poplar mortuary at 2pm. Inquiries are being led by Det Ins Andy Yeats.

A 61-year-old man has been arrested and remains in custody this-morning at an East London police station.


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Relatives of the woman, who celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at her home in September, gathered outside the bungalow yesterday afternoon to say a prayer for her.

Neighbour Susan Lowe, 54, told the East London Advertiser: "She had a big party for her 100th birthday. There were balloons up all over the house and it looked like she had a big crowd of people there.

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"It's absolutely awful to think that this has happened. You should be celebrating at that time of life."

Family members were visibly shaking and wept while a priest led them in prayer outside the home the woman had shared with her son for years.

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