Man held on suspicion of murder after pensioner found dead in Bexley home

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A murder probe has been launched into the death of a senior BT executive’s wife who was found collapsed in their £1.6 million London home.

Suzanne Winnister, 66, was discovered by police called to the gated property in a leafy cul-de-sac in Bexley, south-east London, at 9.15pm on Tuesday.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem investigation ruled she died of severe neck and head injuries.

According to her social media profile, Mrs Winnister was retired having worked for City-based international bank Standard Chartered.

Her husband Les has made public appearances with leading City figures for at least 15 years in his role as treasurer for telecoms giant BT and is currently registered as a director of its property and investment arms.

Becketts Close, a short cul-de-sac consisting of two large mock-Georgian homes, was sealed off today as police continued their investigations.

A neighbour told the Standard: “We don’t know the people the live there. Everyone is mystified as to what goes on.”

Another said: “It’s such a quiet area usually – there are a lot of families and it’s a good mix of people. But that night there were about four police cars with their flashing lights on and an ambulance. That never happens round here. I couldn’t believe it when I heard someone had been murdered. It’s so tragic.”

The couple moved from nearby Dukes Orchard around six years ago, renting out the old house as they moved into their new home.

Former neighbours in Dukes Orchard paid tribute to Mrs Winnister.

One said: “She was a lovely woman always looking out for others. The couple were both friendly. Les is a businessman they moved up in the world when the bought the other house.”

Another said: “We are in total shock. She was an extremely nice person. She lived here with her husband for some years.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman, said: “We are at the very early stages of our investigation, we have arrested two men and our enquiries continue.

“Our thoughts remain with the deceased’s family at this sad time. I urge anyone who has information, but has not yet come forward, to get in touch without delay.”

A BT spokesman: “Our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time. As this is a live police investigation, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment.”

A 68-year-old man known to Mrs Winnister is being questioned on suspicion of murder. A second man, aged 64, who was arrested in connection with the investigation has been released under investigation.