Former Eastenders actress jailed for 'cocaine' murder

Aformer Eastenders actress, who battered an elderly widow to death for £61 worth of jewellery, has been jailed for at least 24 years.

Karen Williamson attacked 86 year old Pat Jobson with a hammer and heavy glass ornament, at her home in Downham, south-east London.

Judge Paul Worsley QC said the attack was 'sustained and brutal.'

Pat Jobson, despite her age, put up a valiant fight against you as she tried to protect herself from your blows. The evidence against you was overwhelming.

– Judge Paul Worsley QC

The Court heard Williamson was high on crack cocaine at time of the murder.

She stole the victims' jewellery and later sold it at a pawn shop.

The judge said he had concluded this was a 'murder for gain' and deserved a higher minimum term.