A man has pleaded guilty to the 2013 murder of grandmother Valerie Graves.
The killing of the 55-year-old artist at Christmas time shocked the small village of Bosham in West Sussex.
She was found bludgeoned to death in the ground-floor bedroom of a luxury £1.6 million property where she was house-sitting.
Ms Graves had just moved down from Maxton, near Melrose to be closer to her family, with whom she spent Christmas before she was found dead on December 30.
Cristian Sabou, previously of Dej, Romania, pleaded guilty to her murder when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court today.
Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC told the court that Sabou had entered the house as a would-be burglar, expecting it to be empty.
He had worked odd jobs for the homeowners in the previous couple of months. The court heard that he had been informed that a safe in the house contained a large amount of cash and ingots.
When he entered the home he found Ms Graves, and attacked her. Sabou struck her with a hammer, causing 'horrific' injuries to her head as she tried to defend herself.
The killing sparked one of the longest murder hunts in Sussex Police history, but it was not until July 2019 that Sabou was arrested in Romania and charged and extradited to the UK.
Judge Christine Laing QC jailed him for life with a minimum term of 23 years and 272 days.