Died 11th April 2014
Judith Nibbs (60) was found beheaded at her home in Charles Square, Shoreditch, London on 11th April 2014.after an apparent row with her estranged husband.
Judith Nibbs, who worked as a carer for the elderly and vulnerable, was discovered by police after neighbours told them they were concerned for her welfare.
Ms Nibbs’ estranged husband Dempsey Nibbs (67) apparently turned the knife on himself and is now in hospital. Detectives are waiting to question him.
A police spokesperson said no one else was wanted in connection with the incident.
Ms Nibbs next of kin have been informed but she has not been formally identified. A post-mortem examination is planned.
Neighbours described Ms Nibbs as a devoted carer who had worked for Hackney Borough Council for six years providing meals on wheels for the elderly as well as looking after her disabled daughter.
Neighbour Dean Cummings said: “I’ve known her all my life. She was a nice lady and didn’t have a bad word to say about anybody. She was always happy with a smile on her face. She had a disabled daughter and an older son who’s about 25. She worked for her kids. The daughter’s in a home. Who’s going to bankroll that now? It’s just so sad. I’ve never seen her with a partner.”
Ms Nibbs said on her Facebook page that she was originally from Kirkham, Lancashire, and had worked for the council from April, 2008 until the present. She had also signed up to three Liverpool FC supporters’ groups.
Andrew Pemberton lives in the same low-rise apartment block on the Charles Square Estate. He said: “I think she worked for Hackney Council meals on wheels. I used to see her going to work in a high-visibility vest.” He added “She has a son and a daughter but didn’t have a partner as far as I knew.”
Forensic experts searched the ground floor flat looking for the weapon and other clues.
Dempsey Nibbs also lived on the estate but is thought to have moved out of Ms Nibbs’ home.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson confirmed officers had responded to calls about the her welfare. He said: “A murder investigation has been launched in Hackney. Police were called by paramedics at around 5am to Charles Square estate following concerns for the welfare of a resident. Officers attended and found a 60-year-old woman deceased at the location. Formal identification is yet to take place. Next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.”
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Daily Mirror and Murder Maps.