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Drug user found guilty of stabbing massage parlour owner to death

A drug user who stabbed a 73-year-old massage parlour owner 70 times in her living room before stealing her sports car has been found guilty of murder.

Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Jill Hibberd was found dead in her newly-built detached home in Wombwell, South Yorkshire, on May 30 this year having been "savagely and repeatedly" stabbed, a jury at Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Lee Fueloep, 40, was found guilty of murdering Ms Hibberd by a jury which deliberated for around three hours.

There were gasps from Ms Hibberd's family and friends as the foreman returned the guilty verdict and many in the public gallery were in tears.

During a trial lasting almost three weeks, the court heard how Fueloep stabbed Ms Hibberd multiple times.

Prosecutor Kama Melly QC told the jury how "he rained down those wounds upon Jill Hibberd" as "the defendant lost control and stabbed Ms Hibberd savagely and repeatedly".

Miss Melly said Fueloep then rifled through the pensioner's handbag and drove off in her red Audi TT which was parked outside.

The prosecutor said the defendant disposed of the car that evening and used the cash to buy "a large quantity of heroin and crack cocaine".

Miss Melly told the jury that Ms Hibberd owned the Fantasia massage parlour in Sheffield.

She said Fueloep was a drug user, known for knocking on doors in Wombwell begging for cash to fuel his habit.

Fueloep, of Willow Garth, Wombwell, denied murder.

He told the jury he went to the house because Ms Hibberd had agreed to let him sketch her dogs for some cash.

Fueloep said he found her body and then decided to take her car keys and steal the vehicle.

The judge, Mrs Justice O'Farrell, said Fueloep will be sentenced on Monday.

The jury was told he will receive a mandatory life sentence and the judge will have to decide what minimum term he should serve before he is considered for release.

Miss Melly told the judge the prosecution view was that the starting point for considering the appropriate minimum term should be 30 years in prison.

She said this was "because this was a murder done for gain and it was a murder committed in the course of a burglary and theft".