Son released without charge after arrest over 'murder' of mum in South Yorkshire

A South Yorkshire man arrested on suspicion of murdering his mum has been released without charge by the police.

By Claire Lewis
Sunday, 26th April 2020, 8:09 am
Updated Sunday, 26th April 2020, 8:11 am

The 34-year-old was arrested after he found the body of his mum, Deborah Neale, 60, at Cudworth post office, where she lived and worked.

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Ms Neale was found dead on Friday, April 19, 2019 and because her death was initially unexplained, a murder probe was launched.

Deborah Neale's son was arrested on suspicion of her murder but has since been released without charge by South Yorkshire Police

Her son and her 57-year-old ex-partner were arrested because they were both at the scene when emergency services arrived.

But yesterday – just over a year later – an inquest into Ms Neale’s death was held in Sheffield and an ‘open conclusion’ was recorded.

It could not be ascertained for certain why Ms Neale died, but she had a history asthma, the lung condition COPD, epilepsy and substance misuse, the inquest heard.

Assistant coroner Tanyka Rawden said: “I think it was a seizure but what we don’t know is how that seizure was brought on. I imagine it was a combination of everything.”

There was no evidence of foul play.

DC Louise Little, of South Yorkshire Police, told the inquest that after police interviews, door-to-door enquiries and an examination of CCTV footage there was ‘no evidence to indicate any third party involvement’ in the death.

In a statement released today, South Yorkshire Police said: "The murder investigation ruled out any third party involvement in Deborah’s death and therefore the criminal investigation has ceased.

“The suspects we’d arrested were released without charge.”