Woman's death re-examined

The Metropolitan Police says it wants to re-examine the death of a Welsh woman who fell from a window of the house she shared with other members of a London commune that's now at the centre of slavery allegations.

Commune death of Welsh woman to be re-examined

The Metropolitan Police says it wants to re-examine the death of a Welsh woman who fell from a window of the house she shared with other members of a London commune that's now at the centre of slavery allegations.

The family of Sian Davies have also told ITV News today that one of three women recently rescued from what police say were conditions of slavery and domestic servitude could be her daughter. Tom Sheldrick reports.

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Woman speaks of cousin's life in Brixton commune

Eleri Morgan has told ITV News her cousin Sian Davies lived within the collective led by slavery suspect Aravindan Balakrishnan in Brixton.

She explained Sian wrote letters home, talking of how she was "looking after the mothers of the world" but when Eleri attempted to visit her she wasn't allowed to see her.

She added: "We knew they were keeping her away from us...And the only time she visited my Auntie, she was with two minders."

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'Slave' may be daughter of woman who died in cult

by - Former UK Editor

Sian Davies was a member of the far-left political commune, the cult that the three rescued women were removed from last week.

She died falling out of a window from a house in Brixton in 1997 while living with the commune and the suspects included the man known as Comrade Bala.

Read: Commune leader 'Bala' was a 'toothless old man'

Of the three rescued women there was a 30-year-old called Rose who had spent all of her life with them and the Daily Mail today published her picture. Sian's family, having seen this picture, now believe that could be her daughter.

I spoke to her cousin this morning who wants DNA tests to establish the facts and they want police to re-open the investigation into their cousin's death and for them to speak to some of the women rescued who might have lived with her in the 80s and 90s.

It would be an amazing twist on this slavery story - that the woman who died while a member of this cult had a child who her family knew nothing about and who was brought up in this cult.

Police to re-examine death of Welsh woman at commune

Eleri Morgan's cousin Sian Davies died after falling from a window of a Brixton commune Credit: ITV News

The Metropolitan Police says it wants to re-examine the death of a Welsh woman who fell from a window of the house she shared with other members of a London commune that's now at the centre of slavery allegations.

The family of Sian Davies have also told ITV News today that one of three women recently rescued from what police say were conditions of slavery and domestic servitude could be her daughter.

Eleri Morgan, Miss Davies' cousin, said Miss Davies lived with the commune led by slavery suspect Aravindan Balakrishnan - known as Comrade Bala - for more than 20 years.

In 1997 she mysteriously fell out of a bathroom window of the Brixton house the group were living in, and later died.