Raid vic­tim Mau­reen ‘died from the shock’

Daily Express - - The Battle - By Daniel Ham­mond

A PEN­SIONER could have died from shock af­ter her home was bur­gled, a mur­der squad de­tec­tive said yesterday.

Mau­reen Whale, 77, col­lapsed as she called 999 to ask for help as she was be­ing raided.

Two men – in their 20s – en­tered the prop­erty while an­other man kept watch out­side.

Det Chief

Insp Noel

McHugh, who de­scribed the at­tack as “quite sad”, said:

“Mau­reen died as a con­se­quence of the bur­glary. If two peo­ple sud­denly ap­peared how would you feel?”

He added:

“There was no vis­i­ble in­juries, we don’t want to frighten ev­ery­body, we are await­ing a post-mortem... it might be the shock of it killed her.

“Mau­reen was well be­fore they broke into the house. If they hadn’t bro­ken in we imag­ine she would still be here now.”

De­tails emerged yesterday of the jew­ellery stolen at the home in

Bar­net, north

Lon­don, where she had lived since her child­hood.

The haul in­cluded a Meghan Markle-style en­gage­ment ring, a Pan­dora ring, plus a Tif­fany neck­lace and bracelet. Her hand­bag was also stolen con­tain­ing 900dol­lars and £30 in Turk­ish lira.

The for­mer nurse, air host­ess, med­i­cal sec­re­tary and li­brar­ian had lived in the cot­tage, de­scribed as “her world” which had been her fam­ily home since 1928.

Bur­glars wore base­ball caps, bean­ies and hoods when they en­tered frail and vul­ner­a­ble Miss Whale’s home. There were four other bur­glar­ies within an hour in the area on De­cem­ber 4 . She was rushed to hos­pi­tal but died the fol­low­ing day.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion is un­der way along­side a com­pre­hen­sive search of her house.

Mau­reen Whale called 999 for help

Haul in­cluded (top to bot­tom) Meghan Markle-style ring, Pan­dora ring and Tif­fany neck­lace

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