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Burglary of war hero who later died from head trauma sees face court

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A man has been charged with burgling the home of a war veteran who died three weeks later. Nicolae Ion, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday (November 2). He was charged in September.

Peter Gouldstone was found with a head injury at his home in Evesham Road, Enfield, north London, on November 6 2018.

He was taken to hospital where he remained until he died later that month.

There was evidence of a disturbance at his house and a number of his possessions were missing, including a 26 inch Panasonic TV, model TX-L26X10B. Scotland Yard released a picture of the Panasonic television after the incident.

A retired telephone engineer, Mr Gouldstone, suffered a number of injuries, including two bleeds to the brain and extensive bruising to his body.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as complication of a traumatic head injury.

The Metropolitan Police is continuing its investigation into his death.

Mr Gouldstone had lived in the terrace house for more than 60 years.

He served in Italy during the Second World War before working for the Post Office as a telephone engineer. He retired in about 1980.

Neighbours said at the time of Mr Gouldstone’s death that he was rarely seen outdoors after the passing of his wife Joan, to whom he had been married for 65 years.

Charity Crimestoppers had offered a £10,000 reward for information.

Mr Gouldstone’s son Simon Gouldstone told reporters after the attack: “The house was very cold. He was in amongst quite a lot of turmoil.

“He couldn’t communicate. He had bruising on his arms and face.”

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