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Murdered major Janet Gilson praised as "one in a million"
6:30am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
RELATIVES and friends have paid tribute to a retired Salvation Army major who was murdered in Hong Kong .
They were speaking after an inquest into the brutal death of Janet Gilson recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.
Assistant coroner Yvonne Blake was told Ms Gilson was reported missing by her family ten days after she arrived on holiday in the former colony on March 5, 2011.
The body of Ms Gilson, 64, of Bellhouse Lane, Leigh, was found hidden inside a sofa after blood wasfound on the floor.
A handprint at the scene helped identify Ahmed Fareed, the ex-husband of Ms Gilson’s niece, as the killer. He was jailed for life in June.
A post-mortem examination confirmed Ms Gilson had died of suffocation and strangulation.
After the hearing, her cousin, Paul Gilson, of Undercliff Gardens, Leigh, said: “She was an exceptional human being, small in stature but massive in heart.
"It was just a tragedy her life was taken.
“She was a very good lady. I never ever heard a bad word said about her.”
Ian Payne, 55, a former Salvation Army officer from Bromley, South London, who attended the inquest with his wife Judith, paid tribute to his friend and colleague.
He said: “Janet was one of those one-in-a-million people. She had a unique ability to connect with people and a huge impact on all our lives.
“It is difficult to put into words all her good qualities.
“She was the true embodiment of what a Christian should be.
“We went to Hong Kong for the trial. In some ways, today gives us a sense of closure, but she will always be a part of our lives.”
More than 200 people at tended her funeral in Southend in April 2011.
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