Inquest opens into death of legal secretary in Torquay
An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a retired legal secretary.
The body of Susan Cole, 54, was discovered at her home in Torquay, on March 6.
Her husband Michael Cole, 56, was immediately rushed to hospital with injuries of his own. He was subsequently arrested and charged with the murder of his wife.
Mr Cole appeared at Torbay Magistrates' Court and was committed to Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Friday. He was remanded in custody pending the hearing.
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Police were called to a three-storey property in Shelley Avenue, Torquay, at 6.40am on March 6 where they discovered Mrs Cole's body.
Paramedics were called, but she was declared dead at the scene.
Detectives released few details about the incident.
Crime officers carried out a forensic search of the property while detectives made house-to-house inquiries.
The investigation is being led by the major crime investigation team and the investigating officer is DCI Dave Thorne.
A statement released yesterday by the Coroner's Office in Torbay said the cause of death was "yet to be ascertained" pending test results.