Leicester Mercury

‘THE SHOCK OF SMITA’S DEATH WILL BE WITH ME ALWAYS’

MOTHER’S TRIBUTE TO 32-YEAR-OLD FOUND DEAD IN CITY HOUSE

- By CIARAN FAGAN ciaran.fagan@reachplc.com @ciaranefag­an

THE mother of Smita Mistry - whose body was found inside a house in Leicester last week - has paid tribute to her “much-loved daughter”.

Of being told of the 32-year-old’s death, she said: “The shock I felt will remain with me for the rest of my life.”

THE mother of Smita Mistry - whose body was found inside a house in Leicester last week - has paid tribute to her much-loved daughter.

The family tribute came as detectives continued their inquiries into the circumstan­ces of 32-year-old Ms Mistry’s death.

Officers found her body when they visited a property in Gedge Way, off Saffron Lane, on Tuesday, March 23. A man has been charged with her murder.

In a tribute released through police, Ms Mistry’s mother said: “During the early hours of Wednesday, March 24, I was visited by two female police officers who informed me that my daughter had been found dead at her home.

“The shock I felt will remain with me for the rest of my life. Smita was only 32 years old and was a muchloved daughter to me.

“I would like to thank Leicesters­hire Police from the bottom of my heart for their efforts during this investigat­ion and for their support, helping me with sympathy and kindness.”

An appeal has now been launched to help pay for Smita’s funeral by Aylestone Taxis, where she was a regular visitor and customer.

Speaking at the weekend, the firm’s manager, Uzayr Raja, told the Mercury he hoped the fund would allow for Smita to be given “the best send-off she could possibly have”.

Smita’s mum thanked Mr Raja and his staff for their support, and added:

“I now ask for our family to be allowed to grieve in the privacy of our homes. May Smita rest in peace.”

Frank Farrell, 36, of St Peter’s Road, Highfields, Leicester, has been charged with murdering Ms Mistry.

He has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at Leicester Crown Court for a plea and trial management hearing later this month.

Police have appealed for informatio­n from people who had any contact with Ms Mistry - who was also known as Smita Saunders - in the days before he death.

Previously, Detective Inspector Nicole Main, who is leading the inquiry, said: “We continue to appeal to people who have recently had contact with Smita to make contact with us.

“Throughout this investigat­ion, specialist officers have been providing full support to Smita’s family as we continue to establish the full circumstan­ces of this case.

“Anyone who has been in the area of Gedge Way between Friday, March 19, and the evening of Tuesday, March 23, is also urged to think back to anything you have seen or heard which could assist our inquiries and to make contact with us, if you have not already done so.

“If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area during this time, and have not yet made contact with us, then please get in touch.”

Call police on the non-emergency number, 101.

■ To donate to the funeral fund, search “Aylestone Taxis” at: gofundme.com/

 ??  ?? DEATH: Smita Mistry, 32. A man has been charged with murder
DEATH: Smita Mistry, 32. A man has been charged with murder
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BPM MEDIA CRIME SCENE: Smita Mistry and the house where she was found dead

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