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Couple accused of killing pensioner, 71, and going on a £14,000 spending spree charged with murder

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Couple accused of tying up and killing pensioner, 71, and going on a £14,000 spending spree with her bank cards appear in court charged with murder and fraud

  • Chelsea Grant and Xyaire Howard were charged with murder of Susan Hawkey  
  • Ms Hawkway was found ‘heavily decomposed’ under a duvet in her London flat 
  • Detectives found brown parcel tape on her face and around her wrists 
  • Couple are further charged with two counts of fraud for using her bank cards 
  • It is claimed the couple are responsible for 143 transactions totalling £14,000 

A couple have appeared at the Old Bailey accused of tying up and killing an elderly woman and then taking more than £14,000 of her money. 

Chelsea Grant, 27, and Xyaire Howard, 22, were charged with the murder of Susan Hawkey, 71, after she was found ‘heavily decomposed’ under a duvet in her flat in Neasden, northwest London, on September 26. 

Detectives found brown parcel tape on her face and around her wrists, with her hands together behind her back, the Old Bailey heard.

Pictured: Xyaire Howard

Chelsea Grant, 27, and Xyaire Howard (pictured), 22, were charged with the murder of Susan Hawkey, 71, after she was found ‘heavily decomposed’ under a duvet in her flat in Neasden, northwest London, on September 26

Detectives found brown parcel tape on Ms Hawkey's (pictured) face and around her wrists, with her hands together behind her back, the Old Bailey heard

Detectives found brown parcel tape on Ms Hawkey’s (pictured) face and around her wrists, with her hands together behind her back, the Old Bailey heard 

The couple are further charged with two counts of fraud by false representation for using Ms Hawkey’s bank cards.

It is claimed the couple were responsible for 143 transactions between 7 and 27 September, totalling £14,000.

The defendants appeared in the dock at the Old Bailey before Judge Angela Rafferty today.

The couple are further charged with two counts of fraud by false representation for using Ms Hawkey's (pictured) bank cards

The couple are further charged with two counts of fraud by false representation for using Ms Hawkey’s (pictured) bank cards 

Police were called at 11.27am on Monday, September 26, after concerns were raised about the welfare of a woman at a house in Aylesbury Street (pictured)

Police were called at 11.27am on Monday, September 26, after concerns were raised about the welfare of a woman at a house in Aylesbury Street (pictured)

Prosecutor Ben Holt said: ‘The allegation in this case involves the assault of a vulnerable victim that culminated in the victim being tied up in her own home.’ 

The judge set a plea hearing for December 21 and a provisional trial from September 4 next year.

The defendants, both of Neasden, were remanded into custody.

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