Family of Hatfield’s Jacky Sutton accept nobody else caused mystery airport death

PUBLISHED: 10:33 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:33 23 October 2015

Jacky Sutton, who was found dead at Ataturk Airport, Istanbul,Turkey

Jacky Sutton, who was found dead at Ataturk Airport, Istanbul,Turkey


Family and colleagues of a Hatfield woman found dead in an airport have accepted nobody else was involved.

Jacky Sutton, who was brought up for seven years in Hatfield, was found dead in a toilet at Ataturk airport in Istanbul on Saturday.

The 50-year-old was flying from London to Erbil in the Kurdish Region of Iraq, where she worked for the institute of War & Peace Reporting.

In a statement released by the institute, her sister Jenny said: “The family is satisfied with the investigation undertaken by the Turkish authorities.

“We were deeply sceptical about initial reports. But based on the evidence we have seen, at this stage we believe that Jacky acted alone.”

The institute’s executive director Tony Borden, who lives in South Mimms, said: “Jacky was one of the top development professionals working on Iraq, and she devoted nearly ten years of her life to helping the country.

“She was extremely bright, highly competent, and well able to handle herself in difficult environments, and she was universally loved. We are in total shock.”

Ms Sutton visited London last week for the memorial service of her predecessor, Ammar Al Shahbander, killed by a car bomb in Baghdad in May.

A spokesman for the institute added: “Jacky was returning to Iraq full of plans for innovative new work, including projects to counter violent extremism that threatens a country to which she was so committed.”

After working as a journalist for the BBC in west Africa and the Middle East. Ms Sutton had various UN roles in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Gaza.

Recently, she had been working on a PhD on female journalists in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the Australian National University in Canberra.

She spoke five languages, and had qualifications in constitutional law and international development

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