Man charged with rape and murder of Tottenham woman, 89

Dorothy Woolmer Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Dorothy Woolmer has been described as a wonderful woman who was full of life

A man has been charged with raping and murdering an 89-year-old woman at her north London home.

Reece Dempster, 22, of no fixed abode, is accused of killing Dorothy Woolmer, who was found dead at her home in Waltheof Gardens, Tottenham, on Sunday.

She has been described by her family as "a wonderful, beautiful woman, who was full of life".

Mr Dempster, who is also charged with burglary, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court earlier.

He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

'Extremely self-sufficient'

A relative said on behalf of Mrs Woolmer's family: "Our family are completely shocked at the death of my 89-year-old great-aunt.

"She was a wonderful, beautiful woman, who was full of life.

"She always had something to talk about and was still hands on with everything she did, despite her age.

"She was extremely self-sufficient and would still cook all of her meals herself and get herself up and down her stairs.

"She was a sister, wife, aunty and dear friend to many and will be greatly missed."

Police were called at about 10:45 BST on Sunday to Mrs Woolmer's house, where she was pronounced dead.

Mr Dempster was arrested on Monday.

Det Ch Insp Garry Moncrieff, of the Met Police, said officers would still like to hear from anyone who came into contact with the accused on the weekend of 3 and 4 August.

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