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Matthew Hamlen guilty of murdering Georgina Edmonds

A father who was previously cleared of torturing a grandmother to death for her bank pin number has been found guilty of her murder today in Hampshire’s first ever ‘double jeopardy’ case.

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Hamlen jailed for life with 30 years minimum for murder of Georgina Edmonds

Hamlen will serve a minimum of 30 years Credit: ITV

An electrician has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 30 years after he was found guilty following a "double jeopardy" trial for the "sadistic" murder of a 77-year-old woman in her home.

Father-of-one Matthew Hamlen, 37, was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court on of the murder of Georgina Edmonds - four years after he was acquitted of the same crime.

Georgina Edmonds was beaten with her marble rolling pin Credit: ITV

Mrs Edmonds was beaten to death with her marble rolling pin at her home where she lived alone in the village of Brambridge on 11 January 11 2008. She had been stabbed 37 times and beaten as she was tortured for her debit card Pin by Hamlen, who unsuccessfully attempted to use it in a cash machine.

The second trial was brought after further DNA evidence was found linking Hamlen to the crime scene. Tapings taken from the victim's blouse produced a DNA sample which was 26 million times more likely to come from Hamlen than from someone else.

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