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Inquest opens on York murder victim Nicole Waterhouse
YORK murder victim Nicole Waterhouse was found with cuts to the neck and body after a neighbour heard cries for help, an inquest has heard.
Police were called to Phoenix Boulevard by the neighbour, and officers then forced their way into the flat, off Leeman Road, York coroner Donald Coverdale said.
They found Miss Waterhouse, 32,and her colleague Karen Browne, 23, who remains in a stable condition in York Hospital. Both women worked as sales negotiators for Hunters estate agents and company director Kevin Hollinrake identified Miss Waterhouse’s body, said the coroner.
Mr Coverdale opened and adjourned the inquest at Sentinel House in Peasholme Green yesterday. He said a neighbour at the block of six flats contacted police and ambulance on Sunday, October 20, “to report that a lady was shouting for help from within the property”.
He said: “Police forced entry and searched the flat, and a female body was found in a bedroom.
“There were apparent injuries and blood staining.”
A post-mortem examination found Miss Waterhouse had suffered “a number of injuries”, and a provisional cause of death was given as “incised wounds to the neck and torso”.
Former Yorkshire Regiment soldier Jeremy Peter Andrew Green, 25, from Popeshead Court off Market Street in York city centre, has been charged with the murder of Miss Waterhouse and the attempted murder of Miss Browne.
He is in custody and is due before Leeds Crown Court next week.
Mr Coverdale said there would be “an extensive investigation” and said he would issue documentation to enable Miss Waterhouse’s family to arrange a funeral.
A full inquest will take place at a later date.