A gambling addict who strangled her uncle to death will serve at least 20 years in prison.
Susan Warne, of Valley Road, Leiston, pleaded guilty to the murder of 80-year-old John Proctor at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court last month.
She was today sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 20 years.
The family of Mr Proctor said his death was "a tragic result of what a gambling addiction can do to a person and the devastation it causes the people around them".
"The last five months has been a very traumatic time for us all. Finding out that a member of your family has been murdered is something you never think you will have to cope with in your lifetime - but then finding out it is a close member of your own family that is responsible is an unbearable situation to deal with."
Mr Proctor's body was found at his home in Grimsey Road, Leiston, on June 15 this year. A post-mortem examination found he had died as a result of compression to the neck.
Warne was quickly identified as a suspect and was charged three days later.
Today, Ipswich Crown Court heard she had a severe gambling habit and had become addicted to online bingo.
Police said the 41-year-old had killed her uncle so she could steal money from him.
She had gone to his home on June 13 and strangled him after pushing him down the stairs. As he lay helpless and unable to defend himself, she stabbed him in the neck with a knife.
Det Insp Kevin Hayward, senior investigating officer for Suffolk Police, described the killing as a "despicable and cowardly crime".
"Susan Warne should have been someone her uncle could trust to come into his home and look after him at his stage of life, however she used this position of trust to ruthlessly kill him so she could steal money to feed her gambling habit."
Mr Proctor was described as a "fit and active" man who still worked part-time at a holiday park maintaining the grounds.
"John was a well-known character, who could always make you laugh with his unique sense of humour. He was also a very loving and kind uncle who was always there for us. "We find it very sad that Susan was unable to talk to us about her gambling addiction or seek help. We believe gambling is a taboo subject and needs more awareness and help for those whose gambling may be effecting their lives.”
A man who shot dead a fellow traveller at a New Year's Eve party has been jailed for life.
Mark Mosley, 43, was last month found guilty of the murder of father-of-four Jessie Smith on a traveller site in Burwell, Cambridgeshire.
Today he was told he would spend a minimum of 30 years behind bars.
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A taxi boss who ran over and killed his ex-wife's new boyfriend has been jailed for life.
Nasser Rezaie, who ran Ali's Taxis, was convicted of the murder of Allan Frampton in a quiet cul-de-sac in May this year.
He ran over him in his Mercedes six times.
Rezaie, from Petersfield in Chelmsford, was today jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years.
Riot vans have arrived at Cambridge Crown Court ahead of the sentencing of a man convicted of murdering a fellow traveller.
Mark Mosley, 43, was last month found guilty of killing father-of-four Jessie Smith at Burwell on News Year's Eve.
Several police officers have arrived at court today. During the trial, the families of Mosley and Mr Smith clashed outside the building.
The family of a man murdered by his partner's estranged husband have spoken of their devastation after he was "cruelly and spinelessly taken" from them.
Alan Frampton was repeatedly run over by Nasser Rezaie in Chelmsford on the evening of Saturday 9 May. CCTV footage of the incident was deemed too harrowing for public release.
Following Rezaie's conviction of murder, the Frampton family released a statement condemning his "callous bid for revenge".
"We have been left utterly devastated by the way in which our lovely father and grandfather was cruelly and spinelessly taken from us.
"Nasser Rezaie’s callous bid for revenge has not only robbed us of a loving father and grandfather, it’s turned our life and his own children's lives upside down.
"We would like to thank the jury for reaching a verdict of murder and realising that Rezaie was hell-bent on taking our father’s life long before he killed him. Now we have found justice for him and he can rest in peace.
"We will continue to speak about our father with great happiness so that he will always be remembered as a happy, generous, loving, kind man.
"We thank our family and friends for all the support they have given us during this devastating time.”
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A jealous husband repeatedly hit and killed his estranged wife's boyfriend with his car in Chelmsford after using tracking devices to hunt the new couple down, a court has heard.
Taxi firm owner Nasser Rezaie was driving a Mercedes S Class when he allegedly killed fellow cabbie and mechanic Allan Frampton, 60, in a quiet cul-de-sac.
The 63-year-old, from Petersfield, Chelmsford, is standing trial after denying the murder in Osea Way on May 9.
Opening the case at Chelmsford Crown Court, prosecutor Peter Gair told jurors the killing was premeditated and the culmination of months of threats towards his wife Jane Rezaie and her new partner Mr Frampton.
The court heard that Rezaie had fitted tracking devices to his wife's car. These sent alerts about her location to his mobile phone so he could follow her every movement - eventually tracking them down on the day of the alleged murder.
The case continues
A man's been charged with murder after a 60-year-old grandfather died following a collision with a car in Chelmsford last weekend.
Allan Frampton from Hatfield Peverel died after the collision in Osea Way in the city.
63-year-old taxi driver Nasser Rezaie, from Chelmsford was charged with murder this morning.
A driver has been sentenced to two years in jail for causing the death of a motorcyclist.
Nasreen Bibi, who's 44 and comes from Crown Street in Peterborough, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.
She was driving a Toyota Avensis on the southbound carriageway of the A15 on Paston Parkway when she collided with a Yamaha motorbike.
The rider, 45-year-old Jay Patel, suffered fatal injuries.