MURDER INVESTIGATION: family picture of Betty Constable

Betty Constable
Betty Constable

The family of a pensioner who was allegedly murdered by her son have released a picture of her.

Betty Constable, 79, of Merleswen, Dunholme, was taken to hospital from her home at 11am on Sunday, September 22 and died two days later.

Hospital staff raised concerns about Ms Constable’s condition and alerted police.

Detectives carried out some initial enquiries and then launched a murder investigation.

Her son, Nigel Constable, 51 of Sherburn Road, Rastrick, West Yorkshire, has appeared at Lincoln Crown Court via video link accused of murdering his mother.

Mr Constable has been remanded in custody to appear back before the crown court on January 10.

He has not yet entered his plea.

One of Ms Constable’s neighbours told the Rasen Mail: “I’m just shocked - it’s a very quiet area, the majority of people are elderly.

“We don’t even get any vandalism around here.

“It’s such a nice village, you just don’t think things like that will happen.

“I used to see her walking her dog.

“We always said hello to each other and she would always have a nice smile on her face.”

County and district councillor for Dunholme, Sue Rawlins said: “It’s immensely tragic.

“Dunholme is very fortunate in that it isn’t one of those places you’d associate with that sort of event.

“It’s a very sad event.

“My thoughts are with Ms Constable’s family and friends.

“I didn’t know Mrs Constable but undoubtedly may have met her on my travels.”

DCI Martin Holvey from Lincolnshire Police said: “I can confirm that a murder investigation has been launched and I would urge anyone with any information that they think might help us to get in touch as soon as possible.

“We are not seeking any other suspects in relation to this investigation and there is no threat to the community.

“I would urge any local residents with any concerns to discuss them with our local officers in the village.”

If you have any information call Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.