Maria Jane Rawlings: Murder charge over mum found dead near hospital

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image captionMaria Jane Rawlings had attended King George's Hospital on Monday evening, police said

A man has been charged with murdering a mother of two who was found dead near a hospital in east London.

Maria Jane Rawlings, 45, who lived in the Chelmsford area of Essex, was found in a shrubbery in Romford on 4 May by a man who had been walking his dog.

Valentin Lazar, from Barking, has been charged with her murder, the Met Police said.

The 20-year-old is due to appear in custody at Barkingside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

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image captionFlowers were left at Little Heath in Romford where Maria Jane Rawlings was found dead by a man walking his dog

Ms Rawlings had attended the King George Hospital in Goodmayes, Ilford, on the evening of 3 May before she left on foot to Barley Lane in the direction of the A12.

A post-mortem examination gave her preliminary cause of death as neck compression and possible blunt-force head trauma.

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