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Man and woman charged with murder of 55-year-old on Chalcots estate

Lucy Casey and James Whitaker are accused of murdering Hannah Leonard

13 February, 2018 — By William McLennan

Hannah Leonard was found dead in her 10th-floor flat

Two people have been charged with the murder of a 55-year-old woman who was stabbed to death at her flat on the Chalcots estate.

Lucy Casey, 43, and James Whitaker, 28, are accused of murdering Hannah Leonard at her 10th-floor flat in Bray on Friday.

The pair, who are both from Kilburn, will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday). They were arrested on Sunday and charged last night.

It is understood that the body of Ms Leonard was first spotted by contractors who were working on “mast climbers” on the outside of the building. She was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

The tower block was evacuated in June along with four others after it was discovered that they were wrapped in flammable cladding and had a number of internal safety defects.

Teams of construction workers have been at the estate for the past seven months working to correct the failings.

Residents said that the ground-floor and lifts in the 23-storey tower are covered by CCTV.

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