Husband charged with murder of young mum of two

Leighanne Cameron was found dead in her home in Mid Calder

Leighanne Cameron was found dead in her home in Mid Calder

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THE HUSBAND of a young mum-of-two found dead at her home has been charged with her murder.

Erhan Havaleoglu, 35, was arrested after the body of Leighanne Cameron was discovered at an address in Calder House Road, in Mid Calder, West Lothian on Wednesday.

Havaleoglu appeared on petition at Livingston Sheriff Court accused of murder. He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody pending further inquiries.

Ms Cameron, 29, was rushed to hospital from the property, but could not be saved.

Detective Inspector Phil Richards said: “We are still looking trace witnesses in connection with this incident and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

“Anyone who was in the area on Wednesday, October 28, between 8pm and 9.30pm is asked to contact police immediately.”

Leighanne Cameron.

Leighanne Cameron.

Tributes to the city council care worker were led by her family, who issued a poignant statement via police.

“Leighanne was a much-loved daughter, sister and mother of two young children whom she adored, and who absolutely adored her,” they said.

“She was an intelligent and talented individual with huge energy and her tragic loss has left us and her wide circle of genuine friends all utterly devastated.”

The quiet cul-de-sac was completely cordoned off throughout yesterday, with residents having to sign in and out with police.

Leighanne Cameron. Picture: comp

Leighanne Cameron. Picture: comp

A forensic tent was in place outside the front door of the family home, guarded by a single officer, while CID officers conducted door-to-door inquiries. At the back of the house, children’s toys could be seen scattered in the garden while washing was on the line.

Former Balerno High pupil Ms Cameron, who was originally from Kirknewton, had a young son and daughter.

Former colleague Samantha Innes was among the friends to post condolence messages on social media.

She said: “I could not believe it when I picked my phone up to hear this devastating news. You were a fabby girl to work with.”

The woman's body was found at Calder House Road. Picture: Julie Bull/Google

The woman's body was found at Calder House Road. Picture: Julie Bull/Google

And friend Stephanie Anne said: “Will always remember the nights out we had, and you being the life of the party. You’ll be missed sorely.”

Audrey Hughes said she was “stunned” to hear about Ms Cameron’s death, describing her as a “brilliant carer”.

A city council statement said: “We were deeply saddened to hear about the death of Leigh-anne, and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”