Monday 19 August 2019

Irish woman stabbed to death in London 'may have known her killer'

Catherine Burke was found stabbed to death at a property in north London
Catherine Burke was found stabbed to death at a property in north London

Henry Vaughan

An Irish woman who was stabbed to death at her north London home may have been murdered by someone she knew, police have said.

The body of Catherine Burke - who moved from Galway to England around 20 years ago - was discovered at a house in a quiet street in Muswell Hill last Thursday evening.

Her neighbours in Hill Road said at the weekend they were disturbed to read reports she was found tied up.

A post-mortem examination revealed the 55-year-old's provisional cause of death to be from stab injuries, the Metropolitan Police said.

The lead investigator in the case, acting Detective Chief Inspector Dave Bolton, said: "At this stage we are keeping an open mind as to any motive and whether Catherine knew her attacker or attackers."

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the victim on Wednesday or Thursday last week.

Floral tributes outside a house on Hill Road, Muswell Hill, north London where a murder investigation has been launched after a a woman was found stabbed to death Photo: Aine Fox/PA Wire
Floral tributes outside a house on Hill Road, Muswell Hill, north London where a murder investigation has been launched after a a woman was found stabbed to death Photo: Aine Fox/PA Wire

"We are aware that her daily routine included walking her dog locally and would be interested in speaking with anyone that knew her," DCI Bolton added.

No arrests have yet been made and Ms Burke's family have joined police to appeal for witnesses.

A family spokesman said: "Catherine will be deeply missed by family and close friends. We urge anyone with any information to come forward to police.

"As a family we ask for privacy at this difficult time."

Ms Burke lived alone after her son moved out to go to university, and had previously worked for the local council, according to a neighbour.

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