Woman killed at Kesgrave house 'friendly with dead man'

Beverley Farrow
Image caption Beverley Farrow was a colleague of Darren Hunt

A woman found strangled at a house in Suffolk had been friends with the man found dead at the property, an inquest heard.

The body of Beverley Farrow, 31, of Jennings Drift, Kesgrave, was discovered at an address in nearby Walker Chase, on 8 December.

Darren Hunt, 43, was found hanged in the garage of the terraced house.

Inquests into their deaths were opened and adjourned in Ipswich.

Post-mortem tests showed Mrs Farrow died from strangulation and Mr Hunt from hanging.

'Unusual' disappearance

The inquest heard the pair had been work colleagues, at the BT offices in Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.

In a statement read out at the inquest, Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said Mrs Farrow's husband, Daniel, contacted police at about 20:40 GMT on 8 December.

"Mr Farrow had returned to his home address to find Beverley wasn't there," said Dr Dean.

"This was, according to Mr Farrow, very unusual and prompted him to make a number of inquiries.

"Mr Farrow said there was a possibility Mrs Farrow was with a work colleague she was friendly with."

Police went to Mr Hunt's address at about 21:30 GMT and found the property was locked with the lights switched off.

Murder 'suspected'

But officers noticed a light was on in the garage and found Mr Hunt dead, after breaking in.

Entry was forced into the house via a patio door and Mrs Farrow's body was found in an upstairs rear bedroom.

The inquest was told police were not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.

It is "strongly suspected" Mrs Farrow was murdered and Mr Hunt took his own life, the hearing was told.

The inquest will resume at a later date.

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