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Suburb woman 'hounded to death' by hate campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:11 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:24 07 September 2010

A Hampstead Garden Suburb woman who died after contracting pancreatitis was sent to her grave by a campaign of vandalism, her friends have claimed. Mary Mulvey, 72, of Queen s Court in Hampstead Way, died on August 19 after falling into a coma. In April t

A Hampstead Garden Suburb woman who died after contracting pancreatitis was sent to her grave by a campaign of vandalism, her friends have claimed.

Mary Mulvey, 72, of Queen's Court in Hampstead Way, died on August 19 after falling into a coma.

In April the Ham&High reported how she had been the target of a spiteful hate campaign in which her red Peugeot car was covered in acid (see picture, right).

Her friend Jeanette Eccles, also of Queen's Court, said: "She was a good person and didn't deserve to be treated like this. She got very depressed after all the recent incidents and then developed pancreatitis, fell into a coma and eventually died.

"She had complained about some people in the past - cases of anti-social behaviour. Then she had various things done to her house and car, but never to the extent of the acid attack. In the last few weeks she had people ringing her doorbell in the middle of the night. She was so worried that it made her ill."

Ms Mulvey was popular in the area and had been the driving force behind the successful campaign to get Queen's Court Grade II-listed.

The incident in which Ms Mulvey's car was defaced was the most extreme in a series of attacks over 18 months. Speaking to the Ham&High at the time she said: "I felt sick when I saw it. This is not just a little bit of graffiti - it was a nasty, aggressive attack. No other car nearby was touched so it looks like I was deliberately targeted."

Even though she had spent 10 happy years living in the Suburb she was considering moving to get away from the hate campaign before falling ill.

Her funeral is being held today in Colchester and the family has requested no flowers.

Anyone who would like to make a donation in her memory can send a cheque payable to Colchester Night Shelter (with the name Mary Mulvey written on the back) to Co-Op Funeral Services, 89 Wimple Road, Colchester, CO1 2DB.

Anyone with new information relating to the acid attack can call Barnet police on 0300-123 1212.


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