Man, 54, charged with murder after 85-year-old woman strangled in bathtub in North East London
- The suspect was arrested on the spot at Rushden Gardens, Clayhall, London
- It is assumed that the woman and the suspect in custody are known to each other
- An elderly woman in her eighties was found unconscious in the bath on April 9
A husband has been charged with murder after an 85-year-old woman died in a bathtub.
On Saturday, Metropolitan Police officers charged 54-year-old Mark Herman with the murder of the elderly woman in a bungalow in Rushden Gardens in north-east London.
A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death as compression in the neck.
An elderly woman in her eighties was found unconscious and was not breathing in the bath
The suspect was arrested on the spot at Rushden Gardens, Clayhall and the woman and man are believed to be known together
Despite ambulance personnel fighting for nearly an hour to save her life, she was pronounced dead at 11:48 a.m.
Investigators have named the victim Loretta Herman, although formal identification has not yet taken place.
Agents and ambulance personnel were summoned to the quiet residential street in Ilford at 10:51 am Friday, where Mrs. Herman was found unconscious and not breathing in the bath.
Paramedics fought for an hour to save her life, but she was pronounced dead at 11:48 a.m.
Red roses have since been left on the sidewalk of the house, where neighbors said Mrs. Herman had lived for about 35 years.
A local resident said she found the news ‘terrible’ and ‘very disturbing’.
She said she saw seven police vehicles hit the street on Friday morning and a man was arrested.
The woman, who asked to be called only as Debra, said: ‘It is a terrible death for an old lady, in her own house, it is very shocking.
“I knew her from years ago, but I assumed she moved because I hadn’t seen her in five years.”
Debra said that Mrs. Herman used to live with her husband, who died a few years ago.
Herman, of Rushden Gardens, is being held and will appear before Redbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday.