Brother tells of special sister

TO others Rosalyn Hunt one of life's many lost souls.But, to her family and those who loved her she meant the world.Today, her eldest brother Adrian Provins told how 41-year-old alleged murder victim's family were devastated by the death of a much-loved daughter, sister, mother and grandmother.

TO others Rosalyn Hunt one of life's many lost souls.

But, to her family and those who loved her she meant the world.

Today, her eldest brother Adrian Provins told how 41-year-old alleged murder victim's family were devastated by the death of a much-loved daughter, sister, mother and grandmother.

Ms Hunt's body was discovered last Sunday morning at her ground floor flat in Victoria Street, Ipswich.

A 15-year-old girl and Paul Clarke, 41, of Mountbatten Court, Ipswich, have been charged with murdering her.

Mr Provins, who lives in the Castle Hill area, said: “I remember Rosi as a cheerful, happy-go-lucky sort of person. She was too friendly for her own good.

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“She was always willing to help someone who had less that her. If someone needed somewhere to stay she would always put them up.

“I would often pass her in the town and if I didn't have a cigarette she would always help me out. When I saw her she was always happy and cheerful.”

Ms Hunt was brought up in a house in Woodbridge Road, near the Duke of York public house by her mother, Pat, and her father, Jim. She had an elder brother and sister Adrian and Elizabeth and younger brother Jason, and started her education at St Helen's primary school.

Ms Hunt got married in her late teens and had a son, Justin, who turned 19, last Wednesday. However, the marriage did not work out, but she continued to keep her married name.

Mr Provins said: “From what I understand she was too young to get married. I think she wanted a comfortable, secure life, but also a social life.”

The 44-year-old last saw Rosalyn around six weeks ago in Ipswich.

Mr Provins said: “She was all right them. She seemed content with how her life was going. She told me she had a new boyfriend who was living with her and stuff like that.

“I remember saying my other sister knows my address, 'get it from her and come round for a cup of tea'. That was the last time I would see her.”

Ms Hunt, a divorced mother-of-two, had become a grandmother within the last year after her eldest child, Louise, had a baby girl.

Mr Provins said: “Rosi still should have been a happy grandmother. She was proud when her daughter had the baby.”

Earlier this week it emerged that Ms Hunt was heavily reliant on alcohol and was never able to successfully battle her addiction.

In addition to the two people charged in relation to Ms Hunt's death, a 27-year-old Ipswich man arrested on suspicion of murder is currently on police bail until September 25.

ADRIAN Provins spoke of his family's devastation over the death of his youngest sister, Rosalyn.

It has hit their mother, Pat, and father Jim, particularly hard.

Mr Provins said: “It has come as a total, total shock. The whole family is in shock.

“My mum's exact words to me were 'you don't expect to bury your daughter'.

“They are beyond distress. They are in turmoil. I don't know how to express their grief. My dad's totally withdrawn and my mum's trying so hard to hold back the tears.”

Mr Provins was distraught when he was told of his sister's death during a telephone call last Sunday night and has remained deeply upset ever since.

He said: “It was my mum who phoned me and told me about 11 o'clock that evening. I was in tears. I just couldn't sleep. I sat up all night.”

Mr Provins revealed it is the second time a violent tragedy has touched his family.

His former brother-in-law, John Westgate was strangled by his partner Zena Burton with a television flex eight years ago.

Mr Westgate had previously been married to Mr Provins' sister Elizabeth.

Mr Provins said: “It seems to be like a curse on our family.”

Mr Westgate's body was discovered at his flat in Dinsdale Court, Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, on September 6, 2001.

In April 2002, Burton, then aged 45, denied murdering the 36-year-old.

However, she did admit to Norwich Crown Court that she had committed manslaughter by reasonable provocation.

At her sentencing a month later, Burton was given a three-year community rehabilitation order to address her alcohol addiction.

The couple had been drinking and argued during an England football World Cup qualifier against Albania on September 5. The row led to Mr Westgate's death.