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Man charged with murder of 88-year-old woman

Irene Barrett
Irene Barrett was described as a cheerful person by neighbours

A man has been charged with the murder of an 88-year-old great-grandmother who was beaten and stabbed to death in her south-east London flat.

Irene Barrett was found dead in her ransacked flat in Valiant House, Sam Bartram Close, Charlton on Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police said 33-year-old Daniel Franklin, of Felixstowe Road, Abbeywood, south-east London, had been charged with her murder.

He is due to appear before Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

A woman was arrested in connection with the investigation on Tuesday night and is currently in custody at a south London police station.

A man and a woman, aged 34 and 32, were arrested on Sunday but later eliminated from the inquiry.

Mrs Barrett, a retired secretary, had a son, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She had lived alone in the 15th-floor flat for the past 20 years.

A post-mortem examination found she died from multiple stab wounds.

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