A 38-year-old man has been convicted of murdering a pensioner from Cornwall at her home more than ten years ago. Patrick Curran was found guilty by a jury at Truro Crown Court.
74-year-old Joan Roddam was found strangled at her isolated home on the outskirts of Delabole in north Cornwall on November 8th, 2003. The jury was told during the trial that Curran tried to make sexual advances to Mrs Roddam and killed her when he was rebuffed.
Curran, who lived with his parents just a half a mile from Mrs Roddam, did not appear in court during his trial, which has lasted nearly three weeks.
He had denied murder, and refused legal representation. Curran was first arrested in 2004, but later released. He was re-arrested last year after police carried out a cold case review of the murder.
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