Freed killer guilty of murder

A killer who was freed to kill again was today found guilty of the murder of an innocent stranger.

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Edgington - Crown Prosecution Service statement

A woman who attacked two people with large knives in broad daylight has been convicted of murder and attempted murder. Nicola Edgington was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court.

“These attacks occurred on a busy street in Bexleyheath in full view of passers by, some of whom were children on their way to school. They could only look on in horror.

“In both incidents, the prosecution’s case was that Edgington’s clear intention was to kill. The prosecution case was that in doing these things, Edgington knew and understood what she was doing and knew that it was wrong.

"On the morning of 10 October 2011 she armed herself with large knives and set upon her victims ferociously.

Her first victim, who was waiting for her bus to work, survived only because she was able to fight off her attacker. Her second victim was not so fortunate and tragically had no chance to defend herself.

“Violent and vicious crimes cause pain and heartbreak to victims and their families. CPS London is committed to working with its partners to protect our city’s residents against such attacks.”

– Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London

In 2006, Edgington was ordered to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act for killing her mother Marion, 60, the previous year.

She had stabbed her nine times at family home in Forest Row, Sussex.

Freed killer found guilty of grandmother murder

Sussex Police handout of Nicola Edgington issued Monday November 7, 2005. Credit: Sussex Police

A killer who was freed to kill again was today found guilty of the murder of an innocent stranger.

Nicola Edgington, 32, pinned grandmother Sally Hodkin, 58, to the ground and slashed her throat with a butcher's knife.

Moments before, she had attacked artist Kerry Clark, 22, at a bus stop but fled when she was disarmed.

Edgington, of Greenwich, south east London, was found guilty of murder and attempted murder by a jury at the Old Bailey today.

The prosecution said she was suffering from a borderline personality disorder and her actions were deliberate.

But the defence argued that she was mentally ill with schizophrenia and her responsibility was diminished.

In 2006, she was ordered to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act for killing her mother Marion, 60, the previous year.

She had stabbed her nine times after returning to the family home in Sussex.

By 2009, Edgington was released to live in the community while being monitored by a doctor, nurse and social worker.

But as her private life began to unravel, Edgington was unable to cope as she stopped taking her medication, the court heard.

Things came to a head in October, 2011, when she tried to seek help at a local hospital - but walked out shortly after being taken to the psychiatric unit.

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