Ex-councillor and dementia-stricken ex-Mayor wife found dead at home

Two pensioners found dead at their home today were an ex-Tory councillor and his dementia-stricken wife, it's emerged.

The bodies of Janette Dunbavand, who had been the mayor of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and her husband John, a former Conservative councillor, were discovered at their secluded detached home .

The parents, both 81, had lived in the two-storey white, pebble-dashed cottage for several years.

Neighbours in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, said Janette had been battling dementia.

One said: "It is a very, very sad case. The police are not telling us much, but we know Janette had dementia and was not able to recognise people."

Another said: "She had lived in that house all her life. She was born in it. Her father was the builder and I think she owed a lot of the land that the other houses have been built on.
 

"They were both Conservative councillors in the area, years ago."

The couple had a daughter who lives in Australia and a son who lives locally, it is believed.

It's understood they were both former directors of Berkhamsted School Enterprises Limit. Until 1999, Janette was a director of Hertfordshire Building Preservative Trust.

Hertfordshire Police were called to the £750,000 property early this morning after receiving reports of concern for the couple's welfare.

But the pensioners were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers have cordoned off the property, called Little Oaks, and forensic officers in white suits have started an investigation. A tent has been erected in the front garden.

Hertfordshire police said: "The circumstances around the deaths are currently being investigated and we are not seeking anyone else in connection with this."

The force added post-mortems are yet to be conducted but next of kin have been informed.

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