Hammer murderer found guilty

The trial of Graeme Jarman, the man accused of killing 77 year old Judith Richardson who was found battered to death at her home in Hexham, will continue today.

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Judith Richardson's family say they are "grateful for all the support"

"We are very grateful for the support we have received and we would

like to thank the police, the CPS and all those involved, including

witnesses who have generously given up their time not just to provide

police statements but to give evidence in court, and the family

liaison officers who have made sure we have been kept updated at every

opportunity.

"We have not looked for support from people but it has been provided

to us and we are incredibly grateful. The community in and around

Hexham have been invaluable and again we would like to express our

gratitude towards them, in particular Canon Graham Usher of Hexham

Abbey."

– Family of Judith Richardson

Jury finds Jarman guilty of murder

Graeme Jarman has been found guilty of murdering 77 year old Judith Richardson at her home in Hexham.

She was found bludgeoned to death with a hammer in August last year.

She'd been struck more than 30 times.

Prosecutors at his trial at Newcastle Crown said he'd meticulously chosen his victim and carefully planned the attack in order to steal jewellery and money from her.

Police were alerted to the murder when herhandbag was found in a bin in Newcastle.

It had Jarman's fingerprints on it, and he was caught on CCTV exchanging her jewellery for cash in a nearby shop.

He claimed he'd simply found the bag outside Miss Richardson's home, but his DNAwas found on bloodstained tissues in her bedroom.

The murder sparked a nationwide manhunt asJarman went in the run. He was captured on CCTV in Stockton and Yarm,and robbed a shoe shop in Bridlington before being arrested two weeksafter the killing at a library in Filey, North Yorkshire.

The jury heard he'd been desperate for cash, and had just £1.50 in his bank account at the time.

Miss Richardson had savings of more than £100,000.

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