Man wakes up in bed next to dead woman he just met

Philip Lockwood. Picture: Greg Macvean
Philip Lockwood. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A DISTRAUGHT man has told of the moment he woke up to find a woman he had met only the night before dead in his bed.

Philip Lockwood met the 46-year-old woman, named only as Cheryl, during a night-out with friends at the Volunteer Arms in Leith Walk.

The couple immediately hit-it off, and sang a duet of Love Me Tender at the karaoke.

The 55-year-old later took the woman back to his home in Ardshiel Avenue, Clermiston – but after spending the night together Mr Lockwood was shocked to awaken and ­discover she had died in the night.

“When I woke up in the morning I got up to put the kettle on,” he said. “I came back through and found she was dead.

“I was in total shock. I called 999 and they gave me 
instructions to do chest massage then mouth-to-mouth but she had definitely died.”

The divorced father-of-two’s flat has now been sealed off on the orders of the Crown Office while an investigation continues into her death.

It is understood the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Lockwood met the woman, who told him she was a mother-of-two, at around 10.15pm on Saturday, 
September 14.

He said: “There was a bloke in the pub who was hassling her and trying to get her to go out with him. She came across to our table and asked if she could sit with us to get away.

“We got chatting and had a dance and even sang a duet on the karaoke. We did ‘Love Me Tender’. We were getting on really well.

“Before closing time, she asked if she could come home with me to get away from this guy. She hid in the toilets to avoid him while I stood outside. The guy came up to me and said, ‘You’re going to need your luck with her’”.

Mr Lockwood, who has a company hosting websites for other firms, said the woman was very drunk when they returned to his flat so he 
carried her upstairs.

He said: “I put her in bed. She was still out so I put her in the recovery position and made sure her airways were clear. I felt her pulse and it was quite strong.

“I went to the living room and had a drink, and when I came back she seemed to be coming round.”

Despite the brief recovery, however, the woman died at some point during the night, and Mr Lockwood admitted he had been left shocked by the incident.

Mr Lockwood was taken to Corstorphine police station and said he gave officers statements until 10.30pm. He added: “I haven’t been allowed back to my flat for ten days. I’m wearing the same clothes I went to the station in.

“I’ve not been able to get my laptop for work. I can’t find out what’s happening from the police and I’ve been sleeping on friends’ sofas.”

Mr Lockwood said he believed her death may have been drug-related.

“She was dancing like crazy. She may have taken a drug, but I don’t know.”

Mr Lockwood added: “I feel terrible for her children. She was a really nice woman.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating the death of a 46-year-old woman after a body was found in a property in Ardshiel Avenue. Inquiries are ongoing and the case is under instruction of the Crown.”