Dead mum could only be identified by dental records as her body was ‘badly decomposed’

A dead mother was identifiable only through dental records as her body was “badly decomposed” when it was found, an inquest heard.

Shakira Spencer, 35, was found dead in her child’s bedroom two weeks after she was last seen.

After neighbours raised concerns about the woman and reported a bad smell coming from the property, police forced entry into her home in Hanwell, West Londony, on September 25.

Ms Spencer was pronounced dead at the scene and a murder investigation was launched.

Three people have been arrested and charged with her murder, MyLondon reports.

Shaun Pendlebury, 25, Ashana Studholme, 37, and Lisa Richardson, 43, appeared at the Old Bailey on October 4 and were remanded in custody.

A plea hearing and trial preparation date has been set for December 20.

A provisional forensic post-mortem was conducted but it failed to find a cause of death due to the extent of the decomposition of her body.

An inquest was opened today at West London Coroner’s Court by Dr Anton van Dellen.

Met Police Detective Inspector James Massey gave details about the circumstances around finding Shakira’s “badly decomposed” body.

He said: “On September 25, 2022 at approximately 5pm police were called to her home address [following] concerns by a neighbour who had not seen Shakira for at least two weeks and there was a concerning smell coming from the address.

“Police attended that evening and forced entry and Shakira was found deceased, heavily decomposed, on a bottom bunkbed of the address.”

He revealed that by 10am on September 26 three people were arrested on suspicion of murder and the case was officially declared a homicide investigation.

Shakira was formally identified on September 22 following a post-mortem dental examination by Dr Philip Marsdene.

At the inquest opening, the coroner read from the post-mortem report: “There is sufficient quantity and quality of evidence to make a positive dental identification it can thus be concluded that the decomposed body examined at Fulham public mortuary is that of Ms Shakira Spencer, date of birth June 13, 1987.”

The post-mortem examination into the cause of death conducted by Dr Ashley Fegan-Earl gives the provisional cause of death as unascertained.

The coroner extended his condolences to Shakira’s family before he suspended the inquest to a later date.