Sunday, 18 August 2013

Ringwood recluse eaten by her cats, inquest told

A WOMAN was eaten by her own cats after her dead body lay undiscovered in her home for several weeks, an inquest heard.

Janet Veal was found in the kitchen of her isolated Ringwood home after neighbours raised the alarm, concerned that they had not seen her for a long time and mail was overflowing in the letter box.

Inside officers were met with a “distressing” scene with the 56-year-old’s body on the kitchen floor, with parts missing as a result of being “gnawed and eaten” by her animals that had been left without food for possibly months.

Southampton Coroner’s Court heard how PC Dave Ivey gained entry into the semi-detached home in Crow Arch Lane by using a ladder to get in through an unsecured upstairs rear window.

As soon as he got inside it was clear it had not been aired for numerous weeks and all the rooms of the property were covered with items and rubbish making it impossible to see the floor.

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