Stabbed mother Leanne Meecham 'died of brain injury'

Leanne Meecham Leanne Meecham was found stabbed at her home on 13 February

A mother who was stabbed at her Essex home died of a brain injury, tests have revealed.

Leanne Meecham, 26, died at the Royal London Hospital on Thursday, a week after she was found injured at her property in Park Street, Westcliff.

Her ex-partner, Simon Meecham, 42, of Southend, Essex, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Saturday charged with her murder.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the city's crown court on Monday.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Leanne died of a brain injury, which was the result of a cardiac arrest due to a stab wound to her throat."

An inquest into her death is due to be opened on Tuesday.

Ms Meecham was believed to have had one child and her family described her as a "devoted mother".

In a statement, they 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."

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