BT exec charged with murder after wife found dead with neck injuries

A senior BT executive has been charged with murder after his wife died from severe head and neck injuries.

Suzanne Winnister, 66, was found by police at a gated property in Bexley, south-east London, on September 8.

Leslie Winnister, 68, has since been charged with her murder and will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Saturday, September 12.

He made public appearances with leading City figures for at least 15 years in his role as treasurer for the telecoms giant, the Evening Standard reports.

Winnister is currently registered as a director of its property and investment arms.

Retired pub boss Lynda Idle, 71, said Suzanne became her best friend of 20 years after the pair met at a local pub.

She told The Sun Online: “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.”

Former neighbours paid tribute to Mrs Winnister following news of her death.

One told the Evening Standard: “She was a lovely woman always looking out for others. The couple were both friendly.”

Another said: “We are in total shock. She was an extremely nice person.”

According to Mrs Winnister's social media profile, she had retired after working for City-based international bank Standard Chartered.

A post-mortem examination held on September 9 gave her cause of death as severe head and neck injuries.

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