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Lindsay Pennell, from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “His own financial difficulties were Stephen Cowdrey’s motive to kill Stanley Carter, an 87-year-old vulnerable elderly person who had been living on his own... for more than two decades.
"He was described by his son as someone who had become somewhat reclusive and whose health had deteriorated.
“The defendant was described by his friends as someone having permanent financial difficulties and who was drinking away his money.
“On Friday, September 13, Stephen Cowdrey visited Mr Carter’s house in Greenwood Avenue and gained entry by pretending he was there to examine leaking pipes with the intention of stealing money from him."
A man who killed a retired policeman in his home during a burglary that went wrong has been jailed for life.
Widower Stanley Carter was found dead at his home in Greenwood Avenue, Cosham.
Stephen Cowdrey, 49, of St Augustine Road, Southsea was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years after pleading guilty to murdering Mr Carter.
Winchester Crown Court heard that Cowdrey tricked his way into Mr Carter's home but that Mr Carter challenged him when he became suspicious.