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Graeme Jarman trial

Judith Richardson was found bludgeoned to death at her home in Hexham, Northumberland in August last year. Photo: Northumbria Police

The trial of a man accused of killing a pensioner found battered to death in her home in Northumberland continues today.

Graeme Jarman, 48, from Delves Lane, Consett, is accused of the murder of 77 year old Judith Richardson, who was found dead at her home in Hexham in August 2011. Her property had been ransacked, and the pensioner had been bludgeoned with a hammer.

Jarman has entered a plea of not guilty.

Judith Richardson, 77, was found bludgeoned to death at her home in Hexham. Credit: Northumbria Police

At Newcastle Crown Court this morning the jury first heard evidence from a fingerprint expert, who said Jarman's prints had been found on Age UK leaflets at Judith Richardson's home, but not on any doors or surfaces.

Further prints were found in the property - one on a tissue and two on a carrier bag in a bedroom - but they belonged to neither Judith Richardson or Graeme Jarman.

The jury then heard from a shopkeeper who said that two weeks after Judith was found dead, Jarman had robbed her shoe shop at knifepoint, taking money from the till.

The trial is continuing.

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