Husband arrested on suspicion of murder after disability campaigner wife is found dead with “serious injuries” at home


A HUSBAND is being quizzed on suspicion of murder after his disability campaigner wife was found bludgeoned to death at home.

Jackie Hoadley, 57, was declared dead at the scene at the family home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, yesterday.

Her husband Ray, 62, was arrested 25 miles away near Lewes an hour later and is now being quizzed on suspicion of murder.

Police were scrambled to the home at around 2pm on Sunday after a visitor raised the alarm.

Jackie was found with serious injuries but tragically couldn’t be saved.

Her two disabled children were not injured in the horror and it is unclear if they were home at the time.

Just 11 days ago, Jackie had posted an inspirational quote on her Facebook page, saying: “You are strong enough to handle whatever’s coming, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now.”

Stunned neighbours say they saw police cars and an ambulance at the house after the broad daylight tragedy.

Vicki Tester said: “They are a lovely family, I don’t really know what’s gone on.

“They both look after their disabled children and obviously it’s a full time job.

“We haven’t seen much of them lately because of lockdown.

“Everybody knows them and we all have barbecues in the summer and there’s never been any trouble.”

Jackie is a well-known campaigner and has two disabled children.

Matthew, 15, and Ellie, eight, both suffer from brain damage, epilepsy and double incontinence and require round the clock care.

Ellie is also registered blind.

Jackie launched a petition calling for free incontinence pads for disabled children. which has been signed more than 88,500.

She spoke out last year saying her children were being denied basic human rights.

Writing on the petition page, Jackie said: “My name is Jackie. I’m a mother of two wonderful children – Mathew is 15 and Ellie is 8.

“The situation we’re now in is humiliating for myself and for my children. I’m used to constantly fighting for their rights, but can’t believe I’m now having to fight for this too.

“My children didn’t ask to be born with disabilities. All I’m asking for is that they are treated with dignity and respect.”

Sussex Police have confirmed the suspect and Jackie were known to each other and said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with her death.


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