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Thursday, August 19, 1999 Published at 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK


Couple stabbed to death at home

John Neale: Drugs conviction

Police have launched a double murder inquiry after a married couple were found stabbed to death at their home.

The BBC's Tim Donovan: "Detectives are keen for more information"
The bodies of 63-year-old John Neale and his wife Pauline, 57, were found in a pool of blood by a relative at their home in Catford, south east London.

The bodies, which were discovered on Tuesday afternoon, had been stabbed repeatedly, probably by a kitchen knife. Mr Neale's body was in a summer house in the garden.

Police are concentrating their inquiries on Mr Neale's underworld associates. He was convicted in February this year of supplying a Class A drug.

He was sentenced to two years in jail, but was released shortly afterwards because of time served on remand.

[ image: Pauline Neale: Found in house]
Pauline Neale: Found in house
Police believe the couple were murdered sometime between 2pm on Sunday and when their bodies were discovered at their 80,000 maisonette. A Rolls Royce car belonging to the couple was parked outside.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Heselden, officer in charge of the investigation, said: "It was a dreadful attack. Both of them were stabbed several times.

"They tried to defend themselves. It was a fairly ferocious attack and they had little chance of defending themselves."

[ image: Police are interviewing Mr Neale's business associates]
Police are interviewing Mr Neale's business associates
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "We are appealing for anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area during that time to come forward.

"Police believe the suspect's clothing would have been heavily blood-stained and are anxious to speak to anyone who may have information.

"We have no description of the suspects at this stage."

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