A 33-year-old south east London man has been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey in late August for the murder of great grandmother and retired secretary Mrs Irene Barrett at her home in Charlton last weekend.
Daniel Franklin from Felixstowe Road, Abbey Wood, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court for the first time on Wednesday and his case has now been transferred to the Central Criminal Court where he is expected to attend a hearing before a Crown Court judge on August 25. He was remanded in custody.
Mrs Barrett, a popular and well known local figure, was found dead in her 15th floor flat in Valiant House, adjacent to Charlton Athletic’s stadium on Saturday morning. A post mortem revealed she had died from stab wounds. The police said she had also been beaten and her flat had been the scene of a burglary.
The Metropolitan Police have announced a woman has been charged with separate offences arising out of the incident. The enquiry has been based at Lewisham Police station.
30-year-old Victoria Cordice from Little Heath, Charlton has been accused of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender. She appeared via video link at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court today. She too will appear at the Old Bailey on August 25.
The police say Mrs Barrett’s family have been devastated by the events. She had been living in the block for 20 years and had a son, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.