Died 20th February 2014

Leanne Meecham (26) was found stabbed at her home in Park Street, Westcliff, Essex on 13th February 2014. She was taken to the Royal London Hospital where she was kept in a medically induced coma. She died on 20th February 2014.

Her former partner Simon Meecham (42) of Southend has appeared in court in Chelmsford accused of murdering her.

Ms Meecham was mother to one child.

In a statement, Ms Meecham’s family said: “Leanne was a beautiful woman and a much-loved daughter, sister and mother who always put the happiness of others before her own. She was a devoted mother and a best friend to her siblings, and was always there for anyone who ever needed her help. Leanne would not let people worry about her and even when times were tough for her she showed that she was one of life’s angels.”

The statement went on “Leanne’s tragic and untimely death has left a massive hole in all of our lives that none of us will ever be able to fill and she will never be forgotten by those who love her. We hope that Leanne is now in peace and that justice be allowed to take its course.”

Ms Meecham is reported to have separated from her former partner a year ago. Essex Police have confirmed they had previous contact with Ms Meecham and have referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Meecham was found by police inside a black Land Rover Discovery in Thorpe Bay, about an hour after the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hall said: “We are grateful to members of the public who have come forward with sightings of the Land Rover Discovery so far, but I would make a further appeal to anyone who saw the vehicle in the area of Pleasant Road and Ash Walk between 9.30 and 10.30am.”

Note: This report was drawn from reports in the BBC and Daily Mail.

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