Rosemary Shearman's son and daughter, Greg Shrearman and Carol Lewis, said after the sentencing today:
– Greg Shearman and Carol Lewis
“We feel the sentence is some small justice following the tragic murder of our mother.
We are relieved that the jury reached a guilty verdict and that a very dangerous has been removed from the community.
We pay tribute to the bravery of Ray Lomas, a neighbour of our mother, who went to her aid and helped raised the alarm.
We also thank the murder investigation detectives and prosecution team. Their tireless work helped secure the result at court today.”
A gambling addict has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of a pensioner he met at a local bridge club.
51 year old Thomas Blazquez will serve a minimum of 18 years for murdering 77 year old Rosemary Shearman at her home in Hornchurch.
Mrs Shearman was found in September last year bound with tape and rope and repeatedly beaten around the head and body. A large handkerchief was also forced into her upper airways.
She was due to go on a cruise to Norway the same day.