A pensioner who was bludgeoned to death in her own home suffered morethan 50 injuries to her head and arms, a court has heard.Judith Richardson, 77, was attacked during an alleged robbery at herterraced house in Hexham last August. Graeme Jarman, 48, from Consett, denies her murder.
Giving evidence at Newcastle Crown Court, pathologist Dr Jennifer Bolton said Miss Richardson had died from "at least 30" blows to thehead from a blunt object. She suffered 34 separate bruises and cuts to her head, and a fractured skull.
The court was told she'd tried to defend herself using both her arms, which were also badly bruised.
The jury was shown a computerised model of her injuries, which Dr Boulton said were consistent with blows from a hammer found close to the murder scene. The trial continues.
An elderly neighbour of murdered pensioner Judith Richardson, whose fingerprints were on a hammer found nearby, gives evidence in court.
A woman who was bludgeoned to death in her own home suffered more than 50 injuries to her head and arms, a court has heard.
A man has gone on trial accused of bludgeoning a pensioner to death with a hammer.