Update: Rainham pensioner found dead was ex-nun robbery victim
PUBLISHED: 16:47 30 April 2015 | UPDATED: 17:21 30 April 2015
A pensioner found dead in her flat by police has been named locally as Angela Cody – an ex-nun who fell victim to a terrifying doorstep robbery in January.
Friends have paid tribute to the “lovely” member of Our Lady of La Salette parish church in Rainham, saying “you couldn’t meet a nicer lady”.
She was found by police at her flat in Cherry Tree Lane, Rainham, on Wednesday last week after they were called by a concerned friend. She was in her late 60s.
In January, Angela, who was a nun for 30 years, was attacked as she visited a friend’s house at 6.20am in the morning.
Her face was smashed against the front door and she was pushed to the ground by a man in his 30s who is still at large.
He stood over her and snatched her handbag causing severe bruising to her face and arm.
Speaking to the Recorder in March she said her “confidence was gone” and she couldn’t sleep because of the terrifying attack.
She said she was “starting to go out again” but remained “really nervous”.
Police have been outside the flats where Angela lived for the last week while investigating her death, which detectives have now said is non-suspicious.
Clare and Chris Fellows, friends of Angela, said: “She was a lovely lady who would always participate in church events and help out there and at La Salette school.
“You couldn’t meet a nicer lady. She had lots of friends in Rainham.”
Parish priest at Our Lady of La Salette, Fr Mariusz Fura, paid tribute to Angela and will hold a mass in her memory on Sunday at 2pm.
“She was committed to the church and always attended mass,” he said. “She was active in the parish and we were very shocked to hear of her death. She had been in church just recently.”
Floods of tributes poured in for Angela on social media.
Lisa Adams wrote: “Such a lovely lady, would not hurt any one so sad she’s gone rip x”
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