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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Hammer murder pensioner suffered '50+ injuries'

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.

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