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Man due to be sentenced for murder of Joan Roddam

Joan Roddam was murdered at her home in Delabole in 2003 Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The man convicted of murdering Cornish pensioner Joan Roddam is to be sentenced at Truro Crown Court today.

Patrick Curran was found guilty of strangling the 74-year-old at her home in Delabole in 2003. He was a close friend of her family.

The jury at Truro Crown Court heard that Curran killed Mrs Roddam when she rebuffed his sexual advances.

Patrick Curran has been found guilty of the murder of Mrs Roddam Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

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Man guilty of murdering pensioner was a family friend

Patrick Curran knew Joan Roddam's family. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The man convicted today of murdering Cornish pensioner Joan Roddam was a close friend of her family.

Patrick Curran, 38, was found guilty of strangling the 74-year-old at her home in Delabole in 2003. The jury at Truro Crown Court heard that Curran killed her when she rebuffed his sexual advances.

The family of Mrs Roddam, reacting to the unanimous verdict, said they could not understand why somebody so close to her would commit this crime.

Curran's mother cared for Mrs Roddam's husband during illness, and remained close to her after his death. Curran will be sentenced at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday 27th January.

We still find it difficult even after all these years to come to terms with the fact that Joan was murdered by somebody that she knew and trusted. ... Joan did not deserve to die in these circumstances. We cannot understand why Patrick Curran did not come to court to defend himself and face us as a family.

– Aine Rendell, Joan Roddam's great-niece

BREAKING: Unanimous guilty verdict in Roddam murder trial

Joan Roddam was murdered in 2003. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A 38-year-old man has been convicted of murdering a pensioner from Cornwall at her home more than ten years ago. Patrick Curran was found guilty by a jury at Truro Crown Court.

74-year-old Joan Roddam was found strangled at her isolated home on the outskirts of Delabole in north Cornwall on November 8th, 2003. The jury was told during the trial that Curran tried to make sexual advances to Mrs Roddam and killed her when he was rebuffed.

Curran, who lived with his parents just a half a mile from Mrs Roddam, did not appear in court during his trial, which has lasted nearly three weeks.

He had denied murder, and refused legal representation. Curran was first arrested in 2004, but later released. He was re-arrested last year after police carried out a cold case review of the murder.

Jury considering verdict in Joan Roddam murder trial

Joan Roddam was murdered in 2003. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The jury in the trial of Patrick Curran, who is accused of murdering a pensioner more than 16 years ago in North Cornwall has retired to consider its verdict.

Curran, who is 38, has denied murdering 74-year-old Joan Roddam. She was found strangled at her home on the outskirts of Delabole in November 2003.

Curran has refused to appear during his trial, and has also refused legal representation.

Summing up expected today in Joan Roddam murder trial

Joan Roddam was murdered in 2003. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A judge is expected to start summing up in the trial of Patrick Curran, the man accused of murdering Cornish pensioner Joan Roddam.

The 74-year-old's body was found in a field close to her home at Delabole in 2003.

The trial has been highly unusual because Mr Curran has refused to enter a plea.

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Court hears that there were 26 separate injuries on Joan Roddam's body

A court has heard how Delabole pensioner Joan Roddam died from asphyxiation due to compression of the neck.

The jury at Truro Crown Court heard evidence from Forensic Pathologist Dr Russell Delaney.

He described how 74 year old Joan Roddam was found with 26 injuries on her body, including bruising to her neck and a fractured rib.

Dr Delaney told the court that evidence of strangulation suggested "pressure had been applied and maintained for a period of time."

38 year old Patrick Curran of West Downs Road, Delabole is accused of murdering the 74 year old at her bungalow on the 8th November 2003.

Mr Curran has so far declined to attend court or be represented.

The trial continues.

Prosecution likely to conclude in Joan Roddam trial

Joan Roddam's body was found near her home in Delabole in 2003 Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The prosecution is expected to conclude its case in the trial of Patrick Curran, the man accused of murdering Cornish pensioner Joan Roddam.

Mrs Roddam's body was found in a field close to her home at Delabole in 2003. Mr Curran has refused to enter a plea.

Police officers due to give evidence at Joan Roddam murder trial

74-year-old Joan Roddam was strangled at her bungalow in Delabole in November 2003 Credit: ITV News

Two police officers are due to give evidence at the trial of a man accused of murdering a pensioner in Cornwall 10 years ago

74-year-old Joan Roddam was strangled at her bungalow in Delabole in November 2003. 38 year old Patrick Curran was arrested last year after police re-opened their investigation into the case.

Accused man refuses to appear at Joan Roddam murder trial

A man accused of murdering a 74-year-old woman in north Cornwall more than 10 years ago, has refused to appear at his trial in Truro.

Patrick Curran, 38, was charged last year with killing Joan Roddam at her home in Delabole in 2003.

The judge has told the jury not to speculate on why Curran has not appeared, and not to hold it against him.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports from Truro Crown Court:

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