Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murder Fears over Woman Who Lay Dead for Two Years

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murder Fears over Woman Who Lay Dead for Two Years

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK;NIGEL ROSSER

A WOMAN who lay dead in her flat for more than two years with the television on may have been murdered, an Evening Standard investigation has found.

Today there were growing calls for an urgent inquiry into the death of Joyce Carol Vincent, 38.

Ms Vincent's local MP and members of her family said they want a full investigation into how she died.

Her cousin Vaughan Vincent told the Evening Standard: "We are trying to find out what the hell happened."

Today the Standard can reveal that Ms Vincent had reported being assaulted by a boyfriend, prompting her to be rehoused at a women's refuge in north London.

The Standard also that understands she had been admitted to hospital after vomiting blood in the weeks before she died.

Ms Vincent died sometime in late 2003, but her body was only discovered in January this year. She was so badly decomposed a pathologist was unable to find a cause of death Police have not been able to trace the boyfriend she had suffered violence at the hands of, prompting concern that Ms Vincent, of Tarleton Court, Wood Green, may have died as a result of an assault.

Her local MP now plans to raise the circumstances of the death in the House of Commons.

Lynne Featherstone, Lib-Dem MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, is calling for a criminal investigation and will write to the police demanding the case be reopened.

She is also querying why the local authority and housing association failed to make any checks on a vulnerable victim of domestic violence.

Ms Featherstone said: "There are mysterious circumstances about how she died. …

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