Murder probe woman died from natural causes

Police at the scene of a murder in a top floor flat on Plane Avenue, Worsley Hall
Police at the scene of a murder in a top floor flat on Plane Avenue, Worsley Hall

A WOMAN’S death which sparked a Wigan murder probe was from natural causes, it was revealed today.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of killing Irene Ainsworth last year and were kept on bail for three months before detectives told them that they were free to go.

The 44-year-old was found dead in an upstairs flat on Plane Avenue, Worsley Hall, on the morning of March 31. There were indications she had suffered injuries.

The men, then aged 37 and 46, were arrested on suspicion of murder that same day and quizzed by detectives. Meanwhile forensic scientists combed the flat for clues and police made a public appeal for information. The suspects were later bailed as investigations continued.

An initial post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and when the pair reported back on the appointed date in May, they were rebailed.

It was only on July 2 that both were told the authorities were taking no further action. By then further laboratory tests had been completed on samples and a Home Office pathologist concluded that Irene died from natural causes.

A police spokesman said today that as far as the injuries were concerned, the autopsy had concluded they were inflicted on a date prior to her demise and were in no way a contributing factor in her death. The younger man was for a period under suspicion of committing an assault that caused those injuries but the Crown Prosecution Service said that it would not pursue such an allegation for a lack of evidence.

No inquest will take place into Irene’s death, a letter confirming death by natural causes having been forwarded by medical experts to the Bolton-based coroner.