Wednesday 20 September 2017

Man who beat frail grandmother to death with baseball bat is jailed for life

Matthew Cooper

A homeless man who murdered a frail grandmother with a baseball bat to steal her cash card has been jailed for life.

Anthony Hall, who also used a garden fork in the attack on Rhoda Youson, was ordered to serve at least 21 years before becoming eligible to apply for parole.

Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Patrick Thomas said Hall meted out gross violence to the 57-year-old victim and showed "a complete willingness to destroy a life".

Ms Youson, who suffered severe head injuries, was found dead at her flat in Nuneaton in November.

Hall, 48, was found guilty of murder in July after a jury rejected his claim of diminished responsibility due to mental disability.

The trial heard Ms Youson, who had befriended and shown kindness towards several homeless people, was found with "horrific" facial injuries after being attacked in bed at her home in Blyth Court.

Hall, who was arrested after making confessions which he later retracted, used Ms Youson's bank card and bought a takeaway meal in the hours after the murder.

Judge Thomas told Hall: "The reality of this case is that the lady whom you killed was small, frail and ill.

"She was a lady who demonstrated to the end of her days - to others but also to you - levels of generosity and care that are apparent to all.

"I am satisfied that the motive for this was your desire to have her bank card so that you could use it, as you did."

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