Romford man charged with murder of 85-year-old Rosina Coleman appears in court

Police at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: Archant

Police at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: Archant - Credit: Archant

A Romford man charged with the murder of 85-year-old Rosina (Rose) Coleman appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, May 21.

Rosina Coleman was found with head injuries in her home on Tuesday, May 15. Photo: Met Police

Rosina Coleman was found with head injuries in her home on Tuesday, May 15. Photo: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

Paul Prause, 65, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday, May 18 and charged on Saturday, May 19.

Wearing a plain grey T-shirt, Mr Prause told the court his name and birth date.

The 65-year-old works as a handyman, providing painting and decorating services to his clients.

No plea was given.


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Mrs Coleman, who lived alone, was found dead in her home in Ashmour Gardens. A murder investigation was launched the next day.

A post-mortem examination determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

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Prause has been remanded in custody and will appear at The Old Bailey on Wednesday, May 23.

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