Family's heartache after wife of 'high-flying' BT executive found ‘strangled and beaten to death’

A FAMILY today spoke of their heartache after the wife of "high-flying" BT executive was found ‘strangled and beaten to death’.

Suzanne Winnister, 66, was found collapsed at a property in a quiet residential street in Bexley, South East London, on Tuesday night.

A post-mortem examination took place yesterday, finding she had died from severe head and neck injuries with police launched a murder investigation.

Mrs Winnister had previously worked for City-based international bank Standard Chartered while her husband Les Winnister, 68, was a "high-flyer" worker at telecoms giant BT.

Mr Winnister's sister Patricia Andrews today spoke of her shock at the tragedy.

She told the Sun Online her brother had been a "high-flyer".

She said: "I don't know what's happened. My brother was a workaholic, he worked for British Telecom.

"A high-flyer. They've got a million-dollar house.

"The last time I saw them was my husband's funeral three years ago."

A 68-year-old man – believed to be known to Ms Winnister – was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken to a south London police station where he remains at this time.

And retired pub boss Lynda Idle, 71, said Suzanne was her best friend of 20 years after the pair hit it off at a local pub.

Mrs Idle said: “Suzanne was a gentle, giving person. If she could do something for you, she would. 

“She loved my dogs and used to come round and see them. 

“I think the last time I spoke to her was the day she died. She was meant to be coming to my birthday party this Saturday, so it was just to see if she was going to be there. 

“It’s very hard to think about her at the moment. She didn’t deserve this. 

“She has two nieces who she absolutely adored. It’s absolutely heartbreaking. It doesn’t seem real.”

A second man, aged 64, was arrested but has since been released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman, said: “We are at the very early stages of our investigation, we have arrested two men and our enquiries continue.

“Our thoughts remain with the deceased’s family at this sad time. I urge anyone who has information, but has not yet come forward, to get in touch without delay.”

A BT spokesman: “Our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time. As this is a live police investigation, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting Cad 7827/08Sep or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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