Burnham pub landlady strangled and robbed in Egypt, inquest told
coroner has this week recorded a verdict of unlawful killing for
a former Burnham-On-Sea pub landlady who was found dead in Egypt.
Somerset coroner Michael Rose delivered his verdict at an inquest
hearing held on Thursday (June 27th) into the death of Fran Rossiter
in the Egyptian resort of Hurghada last June.
inquest heard that Fran - who ran Burnham's Squashed Frog nightclub
and The Queen's Hotel on The Esplanade - was strangled to death
during a robbery in her apartment.
identity of who killed her was not revealed since West Somerset
coroner Michael Rose was obliged to protect the identities of
three Egyptian people as investigations continue in Egypt.
said he had no hesitation in recording a verdict of unlawful killing,
used for situations like murder, manslaughter and gross criminal
neglicence, as coroners can't name the perpetrators of crime.
Rossiter, known as Fran, moved to the Red Sea resort around two-and-a-half
69-year-old was found dead in a bedroom cupboard in her flat on
June 8th, 2012, after her friends and partner had become concerned
that they had not heard from her, the inquest heard.
to evidence supplied to the coroner by Egyptian police, it was
heard that two men dubbed A and B with the help
of a female accomplice called C, allegedly tricked their way into
Mrs Rossiters flat and strangled her with a plastic cord
whilst attempting to smother her with a cushion. The cause of
death was asphyxiation.
Rossiters estranged Egyptian 'husband' and a friend of the
victim discovered her body wrapped in a bed sheet within a bedroom
the legal situation of the case, Mr Rose said: "I have not
named anyone being responsible. They are just described as A and
B and participation of C. I dont want to complicate any
criminal proceedings in Egypt. Criminal law does not proceed at
the same pace as in the UK."
inquest heard that Mrs Rossiter had originally gone on holiday
to Egypt nine years ago but decided to move there after becoming
fond of the resort and meeting a fisherman, Sayyid Jamal Sayyid
inquest heard that her relationship with him started well and
Mr Shalaby asked Mrs Rossiter to marry him two-and-a-half years
ago in an Orfi a legal ceremony used to allow cohabiting
without all the obligations of a marriage. However, the relationship
had gone sour, the inquest heard.