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Don’t punish our friend for hiding body in freezer’

PUBLISHED: 16:45 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:45 25 August 2010

SUPPORTIVE NEIGHBOUR: Dorothy Cap being interviewed by a television journalist on Wednesday.

SUPPORTIVE NEIGHBOUR: Dorothy Cap being interviewed by a television journalist on Wednesday.

NEIGHBOURS of a nice old lady who hid her mother s body in a freezer for 20 years say she has done nothing wrong and should not be punished.

NEIGHBOURS of a "nice old lady" who hid her mother's body in a freezer for 20 years say she has done nothing wrong and should not be punished.

Daulat Irani, 83, hid the body of her dead mother Gulbai Freedon Murzdan in a freezer at her home in Park Mead, Blackfen.

Despite the shocking discovery, neighbours have come out in support of Ms Irani who has been interviewed under caution but not arrested.

Dorothy Cap, 50, who has lived in the road for 25 years said: "She is a lovely lady.

"I don't feel any different towards her. You don't know what the circumstances were. Having the body found must have been a weight off her mind. I don't think anything should happen to her. She has no-one left."

Residents say Ms Irani was never married and had no children, and has lived on her own for the past two years since her sister and her sister's English husband Jim died.

It has been reported Ms Irani feared getting in trouble with immigration authorities as her mother did not have leave to live in the UK.

Neighbour Roy Dyson, 77, said: "She is a very quiet little lady. She lets my upstairs neighbour cut her lawn and would say hello. Everyone is really shocked - we would never have thought she'd be hiding anything like that. She's only a slight thing, very frail. When all this happened I saw some police talking to people and I heard it was to do with immigration."

Police are thought to have made the discovery at 11am last Wednesday in the garage of Ms Irani's semi-detached house.

A post mortem of her mother, who was born in 1901, is due to take place on Friday (29) at Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough.

Her death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Another neighbour who lives in Cobham Close, who did not want to be identified said: "Obviously the mother died of natural causes and she hasn't done anything wrong.

"I hope it all disappears and she can get on with her life. I don't think anything should happen to her."

Retired City worker Alice Stanley 84, gasped in shock when the Times told her what happened in her neighbours house.

She said: "What a funny thing to do. I am not in her position but I personally wouldn't want to do that. I would want to bury them and be done with it so they can be put to rest."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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