Inquest into murdered woman’s death opens

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AN INQUEST has been reopened at a family’s request, after a ‘delightful’ mother-of-two was murdered in Bognor Regis.

Cassandra Hasanovic, 24, was stabbed by her estranged husband Hajrudin Hasanovic on July 29, 2008, in front of her mother and her children as she was being taken to a women’s refuge.

Resuming the inquest in Chichester, senior coroner for West Sussex Penelope Schofield said: ‘Mr Hasanovic was convicted of her murder in May 2009 and was sentenced to life imprisonment.’

She said there was a history of violence in the marriage and the murder trial dealt with whether or not Hasanovic had the ‘intent to kill’, after he admitted manslaughter.

The inquest will examine the circumstances that led to Mrs Hasanovic’s death, including the contact she had with Sussex Police, Arun District Council, Kent Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

On the first day of the inquest, Mrs Hasanovic’s mother Sharon De Souza said: ‘She was delightful from the time she was born. She loved children, people, animals.’