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Pictured: A mother and her disabled daughter who were found dead in their home where their bodies had lain undiscovered for ‘months’


For the first time, a mother and her disabled daughter were found dead in their home after their bodies lay undiscovered for «months».

Alphonsine Djiako Leuga, 40, and her 20-year-old daughter were found by police on Tuesday after they «raised concerns» for their welfare.

Residents said they had not seen the pair for «months» and said they thought the younger woman may have Down syndrome.

A neighbor said she heard what she thought at the time was an animal screaming from near the property a few months ago.

A mother believed to have been lying dead by her disabled daughter’s side for «months» before their bodies were discovered in their home fled an abusive relationship in Italy before settling in the UK.

Alphonsine Djiako Leuga, 40, and her 20-year-old daughter were found by police on Tuesday after they «raised concerns» for their health.

Residents said they had not seen the couple for

Residents said they had not seen the couple for «months» and said they thought the younger woman may have Down syndrome.

A mother believed to have been lying dead by her disabled daughter's side for

A mother believed to have been lying dead by her disabled daughter’s side for «months» before their bodies were discovered in their home, having fled an abusive relationship in Italy before settling in the UK.

The mother was taken in by a good Samaritan who found her on the street in the city center with her two daughters about seven years ago.

Tatiane Nulah told how she accommodated the trio after finding them sitting on the pavement with their luggage outside the Victoria Center shopping center in Nottingham.

Ms Nulah, 42, recognized the family as a friend from her church who had previously taken Alphonsine when she traveled to Nottingham to see if she should flee there with her children.

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Ms Nulah said Alphonsine, who like her is from Cameroon, «didn’t know anyone and had nowhere to go», and recalled that she had two daughters, the youngest of whom, then nine or ten, was disabled and unable to speak. .

Ms Nulah, 42, said the family only stayed with her in the suburb of Bulwell for about a fortnight before they suddenly «just disappeared».

Tributes were left outside their home after their bodies were found

Tributes were left outside their home after their bodies were found

Someone who knew the woman told the Mail that she even visited Alphonsine at the council house in Radford, Nottingham, where both bodies were found on Tuesday after police forced entry when

Someone who knew the woman told the Mail that she even visited Alphonsine at the council house in Radford, Nottingham, where both bodies were found on Tuesday after police forced entry when «concerns were raised» about the couple’s welfare.

Nottinghamshire Police said the bodies had lain

Nottinghamshire Police said the bodies had lain «undiscovered for quite some time» but did not believe the deaths were suspicious

Someone who knew the woman told the Mail that she even visited Alphonsine at the council house in Radford, Nottingham, where both bodies were found on Tuesday after police forced entry when «concerns were raised» about the couple’s welfare.

Nottinghamshire Police said the bodies had lain «undiscovered for quite some time» but did not believe the deaths were suspicious.

A ‘shocked’ friend said: ‘I think she was struggling with the cost of living. She texted me last time asking for £100. Sometimes I could help her and transfer the money, but sometimes I couldn’t.’

She said that when she last saw the family on the property in 2022, Alphonsine was living there with both of her daughters.

However, a source said caring for a disabled younger child was a «burden» for Alphonsine as «it meant she couldn’t work».

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She added: ‘I know she was fighting (for the money).’

She told how her husband found the mother and daughters stranded outside Nottingham railway station as he headed for his night shift.

«They told him the person who was supposed to pick them up didn’t show up,» the woman said.

“Alphonsine told me that her husband was abusive and someone they knew in France suggested that Nottingham would be a safe place for her to run away to with the children. Alphonsine said that if she went to France, it was too close to Italy and her husband might find them.

“She came to Nottingham with the girls to see if it was safe for them. They were about three or four years old. They all went back to Italy before returning to Nottingham with their belongings and that’s when Tatiane found them outside the shopping center quite by accident.’

Detective Chief Inspector Ruby Burrow said:

Detective Chief Inspector Ruby Burrow said: «This is a tragic case and we are currently working to understand exactly how and when these people died.»

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said:

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: «We were deeply saddened to hear the news and our thoughts are with the friends, family and neighbors of both residents at this time.»

The source said that after leaving Tatiana’s house, Alphonsine and her daughters rented a dilapidated property «but had to leave because it was leaking».

The town hall put them up in a cheap hotel before the authority finally found them a property in Radford in 2019, where the bodies were discovered.

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Deborah Williams, 48, a neighbor from Radford, said social services had visited her home on numerous occasions in recent months because they had been unable to locate Alphonsine, who is from the coastal town of Doula, Cameroon.

Mrs Williams added: “Social workers would ask me if I had seen them recently. But I would only really notice them when they left the house to go shopping.

“I never heard the girl speak. I don’t know how severe her disability was, but I think she was non-verbal.

‘It is very sad. I think social services probably finally got the police to break in.’

Ms Williams believes she last saw the pair in February but didn’t think much of it as they were often gone for «months at a time».

Two bouquets of flowers were tied to the railing outside Alphonsine’s house at the end of the terrace. A message on one of the floral tributes read: “So sad and heartbreaking to hear what has happened at this home. Two beautiful lives were lost.

‘Mother and daughter. RIP.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ruby Burrow said: “This is a tragic case and we are currently working to understand exactly how and when these people died.

«We’ve enlisted the help of a forensic pathologist and we’ll be able to better determine what happened once they get their report.»

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: “We were deeply saddened to hear the news and our thoughts are with the friends, family and neighbors of both residents at this time. We are currently working closely with the police to understand the circumstances of this tragic event.”



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