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Husband, 68, charged with murder of retired bank worker wife, 66

THE “high-flying” BT exec husband of a woman found strangled and beaten to death has been charged with her murder.

Suzanne Winnister, 66, was found collapsed on Tuesday night at her £1.6 million home in a quiet residential street in Bexley, South East London.

Leslie Winnister, 68, will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Police were called around 9.15pm on Tuesday to a reports of a woman found collapsed at the couple’s £1.6m mock-Georgian house in a secluded cul de sac.

66-year-old Mrs Winnister was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

A special post-mortem examination held on Thursday gave cause of death as severe head and neck

Mrs Winnister had previously worked for City-based international bank Standard Chartered while her husband was a “high-flyer” worker at telecoms giant BT.

Suzanne was found dead at her gated home in Bexley by the partner of one of her nieces on Tuesday night.

He raced to the address after Suzanne failed to respond to repeated attempts to contact her, which was out of character for her.

Retired pub boss Lynda Idle, 71, paid tribute to her best friend Suzanne after the pair hit it off at a local pub.

Mrs Idle said: “Suzanne was a gentle, giving person. If she could do something for you, she would. 

“She loved my dogs and used to come round and see them. 

“I think the last time I spoke to her was the day she died. She was meant to be coming to my birthday party this Saturday, so it was just to see if she was going to be there. 

“It’s very hard to think about her at the moment. She didn’t deserve this. 

“She has two nieces who she absolutely adored. It’s absolutely heartbreaking. It doesn’t seem real.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman, said: “We are at the very early stages of our investigation, we have arrested two men and our enquiries continue.

“Our thoughts remain with the deceased’s family at this sad time. I urge anyone who has information, but has not yet come forward, to get in touch without delay.”

A BT spokesman: “Our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time. As this is a live police investigation, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting Cad 7827/08Sep or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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