A 'cold and calculated killer' faces life behind bars for the murder of a blind woman who was found dead on Christmas Day.
Mark Smith has confessed to killing 38-year-old Jillian Grant, whose body was discovered at his house on Tennyson Terrace, North Shields, on December 25 last year.
The 41-year-old also admitted the attempted murder of his parents by setting a fire in Newcastle, in the early hours of the same morning.
He pleaded guilty to murder while appearing at Newcastle Crown Court, shortly before his trial for the murder offence was due to start.
Smith will be sentenced on August 3rd.
Detective Chief Inspector Helen Anderson, from Northumbria Police, said:
The family of Jillian have also released the following statement:
Judge Paul Sloan QC told him:
"There is only one sentence in respect of the offence to murder and that it life imprisonment.
"Nonetheless, I must determine the minimum term you must serve before you could even be considered for release, which I will do tomorrow."
Smith was remanded in custody in the meantime.