Monday 23 October 2017

Husband of Peaches Geldof 'not under suspicion of involvement' in her death

Peaches Geldof (L) and Thomas Cohen pose for photographers at the Moet & Chandon Etoile Award for Mario Testino at the Park Lane Hotel in London, England
Peaches Geldof (L) and Thomas Cohen pose for photographers at the Moet & Chandon Etoile Award for Mario Testino at the Park Lane Hotel in London, England

The husband of Peaches Geldof "is not in any way under suspicion of any involvement" in her death, police said tonight.

Kent Police said musician Thomas Cohen has not been arrested or interviewed under caution and "there is no plan to do so".

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham said he was making the position clear following recent speculation in the media.

Mr Cohen discovered Ms Geldof, 25, dead in a spare bedroom at the family home in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7.

At the opening of her inquest yesterday, Mr Fotheringham revealed that recent heroin use by Ms Geldof "was likely to have played a role" in her death.

The detective also disclosed tonight that drugs paraphernalia was seized from the property on the day she was discovered.

Ms Geldof's death marks a parallel to the death of her mother, TV presenter and writer Paula Yates, who died from an accidental heroin overdose at her London home aged 41 in 2000.

At the inquest, Mr Fotheringham described the unsuccessful efforts musician Mr Cohen made to contact his wife before he found her body.

Four days before she was discovered, Mr Cohen went with the couple's two sons, Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra, to his parents' south-east London home.

Mr Fotheringham said this was a normal arrangement so that he and TV presenter and columnist Ms Geldof could concentrate on their work.

During their time apart, Ms Geldof remained at home in Wrotham and in contact with friends and family, appearing to be her normal self.

Peaches with her husband Thomas Cohen and their baby son Astala.

Mr Fotheringham said: "On Thursday April 3, 2014, Thomas Cohen went with his two sons to stay for the weekend at his parents' house in south-east London.

"This is a normal occurrence which enables Peaches and Thomas to complete work in their respective careers."

He added: "It is believed that Peaches spent Saturday afternoon (April 5), into the evening, and Sunday morning at her home address alone.

"Throughout this period she maintained telephone contact with family and friends, including contact with Thomas's mother to arrange a family activity, but this was cancelled.

"Peaches maintained contact with family and friends throughout Sunday and at 5pm Thomas's father Keith Cohen took the youngest child, Phaedra, back to Wrotham and spent half an hour with Peaches before leaving the child with her."

Mr Fotheringham said the last contact with Ms Geldof is believed to have been at 7.45pm on the Sunday when she had a telephone conversation with a friend.

He went on: "All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during this period described how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future, including a family outing for her sons for the following weekend.

"There was no cause for concern."

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