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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.
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.
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.
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."
A man who stabbed and strangled his elderly neighbour has been found guilty of murder.
The body of Rose Doughty was found in a house in Fosdyke Green on November 23, 2013.
Christian Darko, 41, admitted killing the 72-year-old but denied murder.