A pensioner found murdered at her home has been named by police as Rosina Coleman, 85.
Ms Coleman, a former seamstress, was found yesterday morning at her home in Romford having been battered to death in a ‘despicable and cowardly’ attack in her own home.
The 85-year-old victim was found dead by a handyman at the bungalow where she lived alone.
Police believe she was subjected to a ‘cowardly assault’ between 7.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday before being left to die alone.
A close friend Ms Coleman’s paid tribute to the widow – calling her an ‘incredible person’ and suggested the attacker could have been after her cash.
85-year-old Rosina Coleman was battered to death in a ‘despicable and cowardly’ attack at her Romford home
The pensioner, who lived alone, was discovered by a handyman at her home in Romford, east London on Tuesday
Her friend, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘Rose was an incredible person. We were very good friends.
‘She used to be a seamstress and to this day she still made all her own clothes. She used to press my clothes as well.
‘My wife died a few years ago and her husband died 11 years ago. We helped each other through it.
‘I don’t know why anyone would do this to her – I can think of no reason. Was it for money?’
Officers are looking into a burglary gone wrong as one line of inquiry and have asked the woman’s family if any items were stolen from her home.
A cordon has been set up around her £400,000 home as cops scour the area for clues.
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, added: ‘We do not know what has happened at the moment – she was just a really nice neighbour.
‘I have not seen her for a month as we have been out of the country. I have known her for the 28 years we have lived here, she was very nice.’
Scotland yard said: ‘Detectives investigating the murder of a woman on Tuesday, 15 May in Havering have named the victim.
‘Although we await formal identification, we are confident that the deceased is Rosina Coleman, who was 85 and from Romford.
‘Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 11.31am on Tuesday, 15 May to reports of a woman found deceased at an address on Ashmour Gardens in Romford.
Police believe she was subjected to a ‘cowardly assault’ between 7.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday before being left to die alone
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem is expected to take place tomorrow. There have been no arrests
‘Officers attended. Rosina Coleman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next-of-kin have been informed.
‘A post-mortem examination is expected to be held on Thursday.
‘At this early stage there have been no arrests.’
Police were called by paramedics just after 11.30am on Tuesday to reports of a woman found deceased at an address in Ashmour Gardens, Romford.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detective Inspector Paul Considine, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, added: ‘This is a despicable incident in which the victim, an elderly lady who lived alone, had been subjected to a cowardly assault that left her with serious injuries.
‘I want to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to call police immediately.’