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Mum-of-four, 41, found dead in undergrowth by A3 in Surrey had been strangled as man, 51, charged with murder


A MUM-OF-FOUR who was found dead in undergrowth had been strangled, a coroner heard today.

Helen Anderson, 41 was found in undergrowth on the A3 close to Guildford, Surrey, on August 23.

Dane Messam, 52, from Hackney, East London, has been charged with murder.

Messam was remanded in custody after he appeared in court in August.

A 51-year-old man, also from Hackney, was arrested in connection with Helen's murder but has since been released on bail.

Helen, from Finsbury Park, North London, was discovered by a member of the public on the busy road.


Detectives sealed off the scene and trawled through the bushes near the busy road in the centre of Guildford.

Yesterday, an inquest opening heard that Helen was identified by police using her fingerprints after she had been recovered from the roadside.

Assistant Surrey Coroner Simon Wickens heard that a post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Robert Chapman revealed that Ms Anderson had died after she was strangled with a ligature around her neck.

Mr Wickens, who was sitting at Surrey Coroner's Court in Woking, would not elaborate further.

He said: "I have been requested to suspend my proceedings by Surrey Police to carry out their investigations."

In a touching tribute, Ms Anderson's family said: "Our dear sister and daughter has gone. We loved you. In this life, you faced many challenges and still, you had a big heart.

"Goodbye dear Helen."

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