Man guilty of murdering neighbour

A man who stabbed and strangled his elderly neighbour has been found guilty of murder. Rose Doughty's body was found in her home on Fosdyke Green in Middlesbrough last November. Christian Darko will be sentenced at a later date.

'If only she'd not been so kind to that evil man' Family tribute to murdered Rose Doughty

Rose Doughty was stabbed and strangled last November.
Rose Doughty was stabbed and strangled last November. Credit: Cleveland Police

The family of a grandmother from Middlesbrough who was stabbed and strangled by her neighbour say her death has 'destroyed their lives'.

Christian Darko, 41, was found guilty of murdering 72-year-old Rose Doughty.

Police said she showed him nothing but kindness.

In a statement, her family said: "All of us have had a wonderfully kind hearted mam, nanna and mother in law taken from us.

"This has destroyed our lives and left a huge void that can never be filled.

"We all have our own memories to cherish but no more memories can be created.

"Grandchildren have memories of their wonderful nan but a baby granddaughter unfortunately will never remember being held in her arms.

"Two of her young grandsons should never have had to carry her coffin in such tragic circumstances.

"Our mam, Rose, was taken away from us through selfish greed.

"He never gave us chance to give her one last kiss goodbye and only he knows what happened in those 30 minutes and we have to sit and torture ourselves with the if only’s, if only she had not been so kind hearted to this evil man.

"He has lied, he has shown absolutely no remorse, he has been a coward, not allowing us any peace of mind but instead he has been disruptive and selfish right to the end.

The family said they felt justice had been done and thanked police and the CPS for their help and support.

Murderer showed 'no remorse or compassion for victim'

A murderer who strangled and stabbed his neighbour showed 'no remorse or compassion' during police interviews.

Christian Darko, 41, has been found guilty of killing Rose Doughty, 72 at her home in Fosdyke Green, Middlesbrough last November.

The disregard he showed for both his crime and Rose’s family was borne out in court by his selfish and disruptive behaviour whilst hearing the evidence.

This disruption has prolonged the family’s agony in hearing the facts leading up to Rose’s death.

– Cleveland Police Detective Inspector Kath Vickers

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Neighbour helped the man who went on to murder her

Rose Doughty.
Rose Doughty. Credit: Cleveland Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering his elderly neighbour who police say showed him nothing but kindness.

Christian Darko, 41, stabbed and strangled Rose Doughty in her home in Fosdyke Green, Middlesbrough last November.

Christian Darko was found guilty of murder.
Christian Darko was found guilty of murder. Credit: Cleveland Police

Speaking after the hearing at Teesside Crown Court, Cleveland Police Detective Inspector Kath Vickers, said:

"Rose lived alone in Fosdyke Green, Netherfields in Middlesbrough. She had shown friendship to Christian Darko who lived in a flat below her.

"She had helped him out when he needed his phone charging, hot water or giving him small food provisions.

"She was well known in the local community and her family and friends are left devastated by her murder."