Ipswich: Inquest opened into death of judge’s wife Maxine Fenn

Maxine Fenn, who died just a day before her husband died of terminal cancer

Maxine Fenn, who died just a day before her husband died of terminal cancer - Credit: Archant

AN inquest has been opened and adjourned after a woman was found dead in Ipswich last week.

The body of Maxine Fenn, 46, was discovered by at her home in Dhobi Place on March 14 after police received a call concerned about a person’s safety.

The death was confirmed by a paramedic at 9.20pm and her body was formally identified by her brother-in-law Stephen Fenn.

Mrs Fenn died just hours before her husband, respected judge Peter Fenn, 56, lost his battle with prostate cancer on March 15.

She was described by close friend Carol Hipkin as “mentally and physically exhausted” by her husband’s illness.

“It has been such an ordeal for them. Peter was such a brave person and used to encourage her to spend time with her horses and escape for a while,” she added.

“He gave Maxine the confidence to go out and live her life. She was an incredible person, very bubbly and always ready to help if you could.”

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Judge Fenn is survived by brother Stephen and sister Deborah. Mrs Fenn is survived by brother Paul, sister Maria and her mother Helen.

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