An EastEnders extra has been sentenced to a minimum of 24 years in jail after admitting bludgeoning a pensioner to death!
The extra, Karen Williamson, had gone to trial over the disgusting crime which made headlines in February last year, but changed her plea to guilty causing an instant conviction.
Williamson, who was a crack cocaine addict, called out: “I’m sorry” as she was taken away.
The TV extra had been due to carry out gardening work for the victim, Ms Jobson who was 86, but when she arrived at the pensioners south-east London home instead finishing the work she had been paid to do , she killed the pensioner with a hammer and a heavy glass jug.
She then set to killing the old lady in her own home, making off with just her jewellery, which was alter sold for the small sum of £61. Ms Jobson’s, known as Pat to friends, body was found the next day police on February 20 2011, 40 years after moving into her family home, having suffered several severe injuries.
Prosecutor Brian Altman QC told the jury: “The manner of the killing of this elderly woman in the sanctity of her home defies belief because of its nature and savagery.”
The Sun newspaper today reported that Altman also read a victim statement from Ms Jobson’s nephew, Mark Montgomery, who said: “We can’t express the anger we feel towards the person responsible for Pat’s horrific murder.
“My entire family are bewildered as to how this ever occurred, especially to Aunty Pat who was loved and respected by so many.
“She was in good health for her age and in no way deserved to have her life cut short in such a cruel and despicable manner.”
Judge Paul Worsley QC told her: “It was a murder of a vulnerable 86-year-old woman who was in the sanctity and privacy of her home where she deserved to be able to think that she would be safe. She was not.
“No doubt those remaining years for her were very precious. You took them from her.
“Pat Jobson was an independent, alert, caring member of the community much loved by her family.
“The attack which you carried out was frenzied and brutal. Pat Jobson, despite her age, put up a valiant fight against you.”
“It was a murder of a vulnerable 86-year-old woman who was in the sanctity and privacy of her home where she deserved to be able to think that she would be safe. She was not.”
Following the sentencing, Det Ch Insp Cliff Lyons said: “It was one of the most horrific murders I’ve come across.
“It was a callous murder that saw (Williamson) do a number of things, including stealing a ring, necklace and earring from the dead body of Pat Jobson and later selling them for a measly £61.”