Case: Natalie Correa murder: Dagenham house fire
Natalie Correa
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Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
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Case synopsis:

Natalie Correa, 27, was found dead after a fire at her home in Lake Gardens, Dagenham, east London.

Her partner and two sons were rescued by firefighters from the first floor of the building in the early hours of November 19, 2009.

Natalie's partially burnt body was found on the sofa. A postmortem revealed she had suffered head injuries.

Her boyfriend Scott Lindsay was first treated as a witness but became a suspect after the victim's blood was found on his socks.

Lindsay was charged with murder and first went on trial in September 2010 but the jury failed to reach a verdict.

On May 4, 2011, Lindsay, 27, was cleared of murder and arson after a retrial at the Old Bailey. The case remains unsolved.

The prosecution case was that Lindsay was jealous and controlling over his partner and had previously been violent towards her during a row.

It was claimed he battered Natalie over the head at least 15 times as she slept on the sofa and then started the fire at the couple's two-bedroom council house to destroy evidence. He dialled 999 at 12.40am.

Lindsay, who was fully clothed when he was rescued from the house, was described as being 'surprisingly calm'.

But he denied having anything to do with the killing or the fire and claimed his girlfriend was a heavy-drinking gambler and serial shoplifter who owed money to loan sharks. Shortly before her death she had sent a text to Lindsay saying: 'I love you x good night.' He responded with: 'I love you too. Please be happy, this little family loves you.'

Prosecutor Nicholas Hilliard QC said: 'There is no doubt that she was murdered by someone. She was beaten to death and then appallingly and severely burnt in a fire which was started - all of this in her own home while her two children slept upstairs.'




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