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Man jailed for brutal murder of Bradford pensioner Amy Shepherd

The family of a pensioner from Bradford who was murdered in her own home in Bradford 25 years ago have finally got justice.

The court heard how the arrest came after advances in forensic techniques Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Amy Shepherd, who was 86, was found dead in her ground floor flat in Wibsey in 1994. She had lived alone there for 14 years.

A massive murder hunt for her killer followed with more than 1000 people interviewed in connection with the investigation.

Raymond Kay, aged 70, from Halifax, was arrested in December last year Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Raymond Kay, aged 70, from Halifax, was arrested in December last year following advances in forensic techniques.

Kay’s DNA was found on Amy’s body and a tea towel that was used to strangle her.

The hair belonging to Kay that was found on Amy’s neck gave a full DNA profile matching Kay. The chances of this not belonging to him were one in a billion.

Amy Shepherd had lived alone in this flat in Wibsey for 14 years Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Kay denied the charge but was today found guilty at Bradford Crown Court and sentenced to life in prison.

We never close a case until it is solved and today we have been able to get justice for Amy and closure for her family.

Kay now has a life sentence ahead of him in which to consider the consequences of his actions. He has been brought to justice thanks to advances in DNA technology and some excellent police work.

Kay might have thought that he had ‘got away’ with what he did but the advances in DNA techniques mean that we are increasingly able to bring people to justice for their crimes, even if they were committed many years previously.”

– Detective Superintendent Chris Gibson led the most recent investigation.

Amy's family also released a statement following today's verdict paying tribute to a 'lovely, harmless old lady who did not deserve the cruelty she endured.'

The statement went onto say: "There has not been a day which has gone by since that fateful day when we have not thought about her. We talk about her often and miss her dearly, even after so many years.

"Not knowing who had committed such an awful crime has caused us severe anxiety, upset and at times, depression. It has had a huge impact on our family and hearing that someone was finally charged with her murder has given us hope that we can finally have some closure.

"We would like to thank the police and everyone involved in this investigation for their perseverance in seeking justice for our beloved Amy."

Kay will serve a minimum sentence of 17 years before he can be considered for release.