The Fallen 2010

Rosina Waller - January 2010

The murder of an elderly woman allegedly battered to death in her home by a burglar on New Year's Day has left her family "devastated", they said.

The body of Rosina Waller was discovered at her home in Southend, Essex, along with a 64-year-old relative who was also hurt in the attack.

Ms Waller's daughter, Janet Fairman, said it was a "tragic way" for her mother's life to end.

"Mum had just celebrated her 88th birthday with her family and enjoyed Christmas and New Year with family and friends," said Ms Fairman.

"She has left a daughter and son and five grandchildren.

"This has had a devastating effect on all of us and this will leave a big gap in our lives. She had reached a marvellous age and this is such a tragic way for her to end her life."

An Essex Police spokesman said a post-mortem examination revealed that Mrs Waller died of head injuries.

When officers attended the scene, they also found an injured 64-year-old man. He was taken to hospital.

Hassan Salahi, 34, appeared before Southend Magistrates' Court charged with one count of murder, one of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary in connection with the incident.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Basildon Crown Court on March 10.