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Joan Roddam murder trial

Patrick Curran will serve a minimum of 18 years for the murder of 74-year-old Joan Roddam.

The pensioner was murdered at her home in Delabole in North Cornwall in 2003.

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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

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