Woman, 23, is charged with murdering father, 30, found dead in Essex


Woman, 23, is charged with murdering young father, 30, who was found dead at flat in Essex on New Year’s Day

  • Paul ‘Dod’ Fletcher died after being found unresponsive at property in Rayleigh
  • Essex Police say Hannah Sindrey, 23, who lived on same road has been charged 
  • Another arrested woman, aged 25 from Basildon, has been released on bail 
  • Man, 39, arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge

A 23-year-old woman will appear in court today charged with murder after a father was found dead on New Year’s Day at a home in Essex.

Paul Fletcher, 30, who was known to friends as ‘Dod’, died at the property in Rayleigh after being discovered unresponsive in the early hours of January 1.

Now, Hannah Sindrey, 23, who lived on the same road, Worcester Drive, has been charged over the death and will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today.

Paul Fletcher, 30, who was known to friends as ‘Dod’, died at a property in Rayleigh, Essex

Mr Fletcher died after being found unresponsive at the home in the early hours of January 1

Mr Fletcher died after being found unresponsive at the home in the early hours of January 1

The force said a 25-year-old woman from Basildon who was also arrested on suspicion of murder had been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Detectives added that a 39-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of murder has now been released without charge.

Mr Fletcher’s sister said on social media last week: ‘RIP little bro. I know we (didn’t) see eye to eye a lot of the time but you are still my little brother and I love you. Wish we made peace. Love you always.’

His friend Crystalann Kelly, 35, told the Evening Standard: ‘If anyone needed help he would be there to help them. I’m gonna miss him and so are all his friends and family.

‘All of our friends are posting about it, his ex and mother of his child told me it was true. He is 30 years of age, he was taken way too soon. 

Mr Fletcher was pronounced dead at the home on Worcester Drive in Rayleigh on January 1

Mr Fletcher was pronounced dead at the home on Worcester Drive in Rayleigh on January 1

A police officer with a dog patrols outside the home in Rayleigh on New Year's Day

A police officer with a dog patrols outside the home in Rayleigh on New Year’s Day

‘He was always happy-go-lucky lad and we always had a laugh and joke. He is a great dad to his son and I’m feeling sorry for him at this sad time.’

A relative told the Sun that Mr Fletcher was ‘incredibly passionate about supporting his family and friends’, adding: ‘He never would let someone go without.’

Essex Police believe all the people involved knew each other. Forensic experts and an officer with a dog were pictured outside the property following the death.

An Essex Police spokesman said this morning: ‘A woman will appear in court today, Monday 4 January, to face a charge of murder. 

Forensic experts and an officer with a dog were pictured outside the property on January 1

Forensic experts and an officer with a dog were pictured outside the property on January 1

Essex Police initially arrested three people in connection with the murder on New Year's Day

Essex Police initially arrested three people in connection with the murder on New Year’s Day 

‘Hannah Sindrey, 23 of Worcester Drive, Rayleigh will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court to face the charge.

‘Officers were called to an address in Worcester Drive, Rayleigh in the early hours of New Year’s Day. A man in his 30s was found unresponsive inside the property and sadly later died.

‘A 25-year-old woman from Basildon, also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

‘A 39-year-old man, also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released without charge.’

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crime Team on 101 and quote incident 147 of January 1. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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