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Opera House graphic designer charged with murdering his girlfriend after body found at their flat

Royal Opera House graphic designer, 37, is charged with murdering his girlfriend, 35, after her body was found at their upmarket London flat on Friday

  • Roderick Deakin-White arrested after the body Amy Parsons found at their flat  
  • She was found dead at the couple’s fifth-floor home in Whitechapel, east London
  • Police officers were called and Miss Parsons was pronounced dead at the scene
  • The Australian woman’s cause of death has not yet been established, police said

A graphic designer who has worked for the Royal Opera House was today charged with the murder of his girlfriend at their upmarket London flat.

Roderick Deakin-White, 37, was arrested after the body of his 35-year-old Australian partner Amy Parsons was found at their fifth-floor apartment at about 1.30pm on Friday.

Scotland Yard said officers and paramedics had been called following ‘concerns for the welfare’ of a resident. 

Miss Parsons was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of her death has not yet been established.

It is thought the couple had been together for at least six years, but that their relationship had been under strain recently.

Roderick Deakin-White and Amy Parsons. She was found dead at the couple’s home in Whitechapel, east London 

Deakin-White was described by neighbours at the east London apartment complex as ‘really nice’ and ‘always willing to help’.

One described Deakin-White – known as ‘Rod’ – as the ‘local handyman’.

Sam Broughton said Deakin-White, who calls himself a freelance ‘motion graphic designer’ who has worked for the Royal Opera House, was ‘really helpful’ and ‘always there if you needed something fixed’.

He added: ‘Rod helped me when our flat flooded. He was the local handyman, the helpful guy to go to in the building.

‘We never hung out and chatted or anything, but he was always willing to help. He seemed like a really nice guy. 

‘I was out at the time it happened, but when I came back there was a bunch of police here – they didn’t tell us much. I actually texted Rod to find out what happened but never got a reply.’

Chi Building in Whitechapel, east London, where Amy Parsons lived with her partner Roderick Deakin-White

Chi Building in Whitechapel, east London, where Amy Parsons lived with her partner Roderick Deakin-White

Two-bedroom apartments in the seven-storey Chi building in Whitechapel sell for about £620,000. 

The grey and orange building can be accessed only with an electronic fob, while many of the flats have balconies.

Within walking distance of the Tower of London and the Old Spitalfields Market, the building is located just a few minutes’ walk from Shadwell station and just half a mile from Bank, Tower Hill and Wapping.

The bustling area is full of hip restaurants and bars, vintage shops and galleries and is on the doorstep of trendy Shoreditch.

Another resident of the block said Deakin-White had come to help her with her internet connection and heating when she was having problems. 

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘The last time I spoke to him was about a month ago.

‘I only know the couple to say ”hello” to, but Rod helped me a couple of times with my Wi-Fi and heating. I can’t believe what’s happened – he seemed nice and normal. It’s scary.’

Deakin-White is due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court tomorrow charged with Miss Parsons’s murder.

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