Death of a husband and wife in east London is being treated as a murder suicide

The death of a wife and husband in east London is being treated as a murder suicide.

Wife Simbiso Aretha Moula, 39, was found strangled while husband Garikayi Moula, 51, was found hanged at their home in Rainham on Friday.

Scotland Yard said they are not looking for anybody else in relation to the deaths after the post-mortem examinations.

It gave the provisional cause of Simbiso’s death as compression of the neck while Garikayi’s death was suspension.

Police are treating her death as murder while his death is not being treated as suspicious.

A Met Police csp[okesperson said: “Police continue to investigate the deaths of two people at a residential address in Rainham.

“Although formal identification is yet to take police, officers are satisfied that the deceased are Simbiso Aretha Moula, 39, and her husband Garikayi Moula, 51, of Rainham.

“Post mortem examinations took place at Queens Hospital Mortuary in Romford on Sunday.

“Provisional cause of deaths were confirmed as: Simbiso Aretha Moula – compression of the neck; Garikayi Moula – suspension.

“Officers were called to the couple’s home in Lower Mardyke Avenue, Rainham by London Ambulance Service at 7.50am on Friday after Mr and Mrs Moula were found deceased.

“Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers.

“Following the post mortem examinations Simbiso’s death is being treated as murder; Garikayi Moula’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

“Nobody else is sought in connection with their deaths.

“Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine said: “I would like to thank those members of the public with whom we have spoken as part of our inquiry thus far.

“We are ensuring that next of kin are being fully supported at this most difficult of times.

“If you heard or saw anything at the address that seemed out of place or of concern between the hours of 10.30pm on Thursday, 3 January, and 8.00am the following day, please don’t hesitate to contact us.”

By Tony Whitfield

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