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Killing of woman (100): son is held

A 100-year-old woman was found stabbed to death at her home yesterday.

Hannah Fitzgibbon, who was partially sighted, was discovered with a single stab wound to her neck at her bungalow in Whitechapel, east London.

Her son Michael (61) was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and remained in police custody last night.

Neighbours described Mrs Fitzgibbon as a true “East End girl”, who marked her centenary last September.

“I found her very nice, a lovely lady. She had all her marbles and she never had a wrinkle on her face,” said Irene Robinson, one of Mrs Fitzgibbon's neighbours.

Mrs Fitzgibbon, who was registered blind, was cared for constantly by her son, who slept in the living room of the one-bedroom bungalow.

Neighbours said Mr Fitzgibbon had been a taxi driver until he suffered a stroke two years ago which left him partially disabled.

A friend, who gave his name as Terry, said: “Michael loved his mother so much and was completely devoted to her. He is such a nice man, an absolute diamond. He should have had help. He had to do everything, put her to bed, get her up.”

Police and paramedics were called to the house in Hainton Street at 9.45am. A spokesperson said they discovered a female with “a single stab wound to the neck.

“She was pronounced dead at the scene. The next of kin have been informed. A 61-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in custody.”

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