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Shakira Spencer in 2022. Picture: Met Police


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Three people have appeared at The Old Bailey to face a charge of murder following the death of Shakira Spencer.

On Sunday, 25 September, 35-year-old Shakira’s badly decomposed body was found in a child’s bunk bed at her home in Holbeck Road, West Ealing after a neighbour, who had already been concerned about her welfare, noticed a smell coming from the property.

Although a pathologist was unable to determine the cause of death due to the state of the corpse, the police believe that she was tortured and assaulted in the days before she died. She was last sighted on 12 September.

37-year-old Ashana Studholme of Greenhill Road, Harrow, 43-year-old Lisa Richardson of Broomcroft Avenue, Ealing and 25-year-old Shaun Pendlebury of Tewkesbury Road, Ealing, 25, were all arrested on suspicion of murder on 26 September and charged three days later. Studholme is reported to be pregnant.

The trio appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday 30 September and subsequently the two female defendants appeared in person at The Old Bailey this Tuesday (4 October) whilst Pendlebury was on a video link from Wandsworth Prison.

A plea hearing is to take place on 20 December with a trial provisionally set for September of next year with the three charged remaining in custody until that time.

Shakira Spencer in 2007. Picture: Met Police

The picture originally released by the Met showed Shakira as she was in 2007. They now have released a more recent picture taken in 2022 and displayed above which shows that her appearance had changed substantially.


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