Dead Newport woman named
8:01pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
A WOMAN who died after an incident at a Newport flat has been named.
The exact cause of death of 45 year old Sandie Hardman from Newport remains unclear as the post mortem results were inconclusive.
Further tests, including toxicology work, will now be undertaken.
Two people, a 23 year old woman and a 44 year old man, both from Newport, were arrested on suspicion of murder and both have since been released on police bail.
Prior to Ms Hardman being admitted to the Royal Gwent Hospital, officers were called to a disturbance at her flat on Sorrel Drive, Newport earlier on Thursday.
As is mandatory in cases of death following police contact this matter was referred to the IPCC, and has since been referred back to the force for local investigation.
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Ian Roberts commented: “Our thoughts remain with Sandie's family at this difficult time, and specialist officers have been providing them with support.
“As part of our investigation to work out exactly what happened to Sandie I would urge anyone who may have had contact with her in the days and hours leading up to her death to call.”
Yesterday the Argus revealed that a murder investigation was underway after the 45-year-old Newport woman died in hospital on Friday morning.
Police were called to Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital at 12.05am where the woman died after being admitted for treatment.
A block of flats on Sorrel Drive was cordoned off from Thursday night until Saturday evening, while forensics officers and police combed the area, residents said.
A woman who did not wish to be named said she had heard arguing coming from the flat on Thursday.
Councillor Charles Ferris, ward member for Allt-yr-yn, said: "It's a tragedy when this happens, not just for the immediate family and the person who has been taken.
"It's an area that's had some problems but that mustn't blind us to good work being done there."
The woman’s family is being supported by police officers. Anyone who wishes to speak to police about the incident should call 101 quoting log number 1 18/10/13.
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