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My sister Shani Warren's death was ruled suicide after she was found tied up in lake… it took 35 years to learn truth | The Sun
WHEN Shani Warren’s body was pulled from a Berkshire lake on April 18, 1987, her hands were tied behind her back, her feet bound and her mouth gagged.
Yet, incredibly, a Home Office pathologist insisted the 26-year-old’s death was a ‘suicide’ – leading to an enduring mystery which meant her family was denied justice for 35 years.
In May 2022, serial rapist Donald Robertson, then 66, was jailed for 30 years for the murder of the secretary from Maidenhead and the rape of a 16-year-old six years earlier, after breakthroughs in DNA testing led Thames Valley Police to crack the case.
A new Channel 5 documentary, Dark Water: The Murder of Shani Warren, examines the incredible case of the 'Lady in the Lake', and reveals how overwhelming evidence of an attack was ignored at the time.
Speaking ahead of tonight's programme Pete Bierne, who led the Major Crime Review Team which finally brought Shani’s killer to justice, says the lack of answers over the years have exacerbated the family’s suffering.
“Shani was a lovely, gregarious young woman that was incredibly sociable, had lots of friends and everything to live for,” he tells The Sun.
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“Unfortunately both her parents died a month or two after we obtained the DNA profile which identified Robertson and, unfortunately, were in a state of ill health at that point, so the family decided it was best for them not to be told.
“We never got the chance to tell them that we were progressing the case, which is very sad.”
Older brother Steve tells the documentary Shani would “light up a room” with her "friendliness, her brightness, her fun” and was cruelly robbed of a bright future.
“If Shani had lived, what would her life have been like?” he muses.
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