Man on trial for pensioner murder

A man charged with the murder of a pensioner in Northumberland is on trial at Newcastle Crown Court. Graeme Jarman, from County Durham, is accused of murdering Judith Richardson at her home in Hexham, in August last year.

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Witness tells court he saw Jarman outside victim's home

A man on trial for the murder of a pensioner in Northumberland was seen loitering outside her home the day she died, a court has heard.

A witness told Newcastle Crown Court that he saw Graeme Jarman "staring" at Judith Richardson's flat in Hexham on the day of the attack, last year.

Francis Brewis was visiting his brother, who lived next door to the 77-year-old, when he saw Jarman outside on August 19. After going inside, Mr Brewis looked out of the window several minutes later to see the 48-year-old still there.

He said he saw Jarman's picture in a newspaper a week later.

Miss Richardson was struck at least 30 times with a hammer after opening her door to a caller. Her home was robbed as she lay dying in the hallway.

Jarman admitted to being near Miss Richardson's flat but denies her murder.

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