The trial of a 25 year old man accused of murdering a great grandmother in Southampton will continue today. 85-year-old Delia Hughes was found beaten to death in her home in Ocean Village last August. Jamie Boult from Chessel Crescent in Bitterne, denies murder.
A man accused of murdering a pensioner in her own home during a burglary has gone on trial. Delia Hughes was found dead in her flat in Southampton last year. Fred and Sangeeta link to Andrew Pate's report.
William Mousley QC told the court that Mrs Hughes, a widow with three great-grandchildren, was attacked in the bedroom of her ground floor flat in Ocean Village, Southampton, on August 18 last year.
She was struck on the head with the mallet-type weapon at least eight times and also suffered a crushed little finger and blows to her arms and her shoulders as she attempted to defend herself, Mr Mousley said.
He said: "She went into her bedroom where she was attacked and killed by Jamie Boult who was hiding behind the door waiting for her to come in....
"Having killed her or at the very least left her mortally wounded, he stole her jewellery and left her."
A man with a "social phobia" who only communicated with people over Twitter and the internet murdered an elderly woman with a lump hammer during a burglary at her home, a court has heard.
Jamie Boult, 25, of Chessel Crescent, Southampton, Hampshire, denies the murder of 85-year-old Delia Hughes at Winchester Crown Court. He is also on trial for the aggravated burglary of another property.