TWO TEENAGERS have been charged with killing an 88-year-old woman who was found dead at her home after a fire broke out at the property.

Kai Cooper, 18, and a 15-year-old teen will appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court today following the death of Josephine Smith, 88.

Josephine Smith, 88, was found dead at her home in Romford

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Josephine Smith, 88, was found dead at her home in RomfordCredit: PA
The 88-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene at Queens Park Road

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The 88-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene at Queens Park RoadCredit: Google

It comes after police were called to reports of a fire at a residential address in Romford, east London on October 28.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cooper from Leatherhead, Surrey and the 15-year-old boy from Southend, Essex, have been charged with manslaughter and arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

Both were also charged with assault by beating regarding a separate offence on 27 October in High Road, Ilford.

More to follow…

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