Commune leader 'Bala' was 'toothless old man'

Eleri Morgan's told ITV News her cousin Sian 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.

Eleri Morgan's cousin Sian Davies lived in commune led by Aravindan Balakrishnan for more than 20 years. Credit: ITV News

She explained meeting Balakrishnan at the inquest into her cousin's death: "I had such a shock. Because I imagined somebody charismatic and there was this toothless old man - well looked old."