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Court hears how woman was ‘tortured’ in Harrow flat

The trial at the Old Bailey, where three individuals are accused of murdering a woman in Hanwell after torturing her in Harrow, continues in hearing gruesome details about her final days.

The body of 35-year-old Shakira Spencer was found in her flat on Holbeck Road in Hanwell on 25 September last year. She had not been seen since 12 September.

Only after a concerned neighbour, already troubled about her well-being, observed maggots emerging from beneath the front floor, the discovery was made.

The prosecution alleges that 26-year-old Shaun Pendlebury from Ealing, his 38-year-old girlfriend Ashana Studholme from Harrow, and 44-year-old Lisa Richardson, also from Ealing, starved and tortured Shakira in Studholme’s flat near Harrow Town Centre.

They later took her back to Hanwell in the car’s trunk, confined her in a cupboard, and abandoned her to meet her death. Afterwards, they relocated her remains to a child’s bunk bed, arranging it to imply she passed away while reading.

Evidence shown at the Old Bailey indicated she endured burns from a makeshift blowtorch and suffered scalding with boiling water. During her stay in the Harrow flat, she was solely fed ketchup sachets and was made to sleep in the hallway on newspaper.

It is alleged that the trio took total control of Shakira’s life including her money and systematically abused her after isolating her from her friends and family.

Pendlebury, of Ealing, Richardson, from Ealing, and Studholme from Harrow, all deny murder and preventing a lawful burial. The trial continues.

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