Pensioner died after wine bottle attack
Published 23/08/2011 | 07:26
A WOMAN was yesterday jailed for life for killing a 91-year-old Mayo man with a bottle of wine in north London. Melanie Cole (49) of Islington, London, battered retired builder William Reilly over the head with a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape four days after Christmas.
Mr Reilly was found covered in blood on the edge of his bed by his son James at their home in Tower Gardens, Tottenham.
He suffered head and face injuries after being clubbed with the full bottle of wine and then a bottle of liqueur, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.
The pensioner, who was registered blind and almost completely deaf, died a week later in hospital after developing pneumonia. Mr Reilly, who was born at Prison in Balla, Co Mayo, was part of a large family.
The court heard Cole killed Mr Reilly for £20 he had in his pocket so she could buy drink and drugs. Cole had previously stolen money from him after befriending his family.
It was the third time Cole had appeared at the Old Bailey charged with murder.
She was acquitted of murder in 2005 when two juries failed to reach verdicts in the case of Robin Williams (47), who was hit over the head with a bottle and stabbed.
He was found in a bath at his Tottenham home.