Essex

Care home murder probe: Victim died from gunshot wound to head

Rita King and Ronald King Image copyright PA/East News Press Agency
Image caption Rita King's husband Ronald King has been charged with shooting her dead last month

An 81-year-old woman who was killed at her seafront care home died from a gunshot wound to the head, an inquest has heard.

Rita King died at the De La Mer home in Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex on December 28.

Her husband, Ronald King, 86, has been charged with her murder.

The inquest, which opened at Chelmsford Coroner's Court, was told Mrs King had a history of dementia. The hearing was adjourned until 22 February.

Coroner's officer Linda Calder said a post-mortem examination established that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

Senior Coroner Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray said: "I'm very mindful that there is an ongoing police investigation."

She asked for the court's condolences to be expressed to Mrs King's family, who were not present for the brief hearing.

The inquest was adjourned until 22 February.

Mr King, of Cedar Close, Walton, is expected to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing in March.

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