Mother died from brain injury after being stabbed

Leanne Meecham

A mother who was stabbed at her home in Essex died as a result of a brain injury, police have said.

Leanne Meecham was attacked at her home in Park Street, Westcliff, on February 13.

The 26-year-old, who is understood to be a mother-of-one, spent a week being treated at the Royal London Hospital in London but died on February 20.

Her ex-partner, Simon Meecham, 42, from Southend appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court yesterday charged with killing "devoted mother" Ms Meecham.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "It has been determined that 26-year-old Leanne died of a brain injury, which was the result of a cardiac arrest due to a stab wound to her throat."

An inquest into her death is due to be opened on Tuesday.