‘Murdered’ gran Josephine Kaye was pushed to the ground in her own home by a bogus gas man who stole cash from the property before she lost her fight for life 19 days later, an inquest has heard.
The 88-year-old passed away at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on March 17.
But an inquest has now heard how gas works had been taking place in her Weston Coyney street when she was attacked. She was visited by a ‘man posing as a gas man’ at her Harington Drive home on February 27.
Now an inquest has been opened and adjourned into Josephine’s death at Stoke’s civic centre
It comes as Staffordshire Police have made three arrests as part of their murder probe.
North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy said: “She was an 88-year-old lady admitted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital on February 27 after an assault in her own home.
“She was pushed to the ground by a man posing as a gas man as there had been gas works in the street. He took money from the property.
“She had a previous medical history of osteoarthritis and ischemic heart disease. Her injuries consisted of a left femoral fracture and she sustained bruising to both arms.
“A post-mortem examination has been requested. There is reason to suspect the death was violent and an inquest is going to be required. The family will be given a progress update in six weeks time.
“The body has been released for funeral purposes.”
Police have previously appealed for any sightings of a safe which was stolen from Josephine’s home. Detectives believe it may have been abandoned in the local area.
Two people – a 52-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman who are both from Stoke-on-Trent – have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They are currently on bail. A 27-year-old Leicestershire man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and other alleged offences.
Anyone with any information about Josephine’s death should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 654 of February 27, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.