Burglar who sexually assaulted and murdered 89-year-old widow jailed

A burglar has been jailed for life for sexually assaulting and murdering an 89-year-old widow after breaking into her home.

Reece Dempster, 23, admitted the sickening attack on Dorothy Woolmer part-way through his trial at the Old Bailey yesterday. He has been handed a life term with a minimum term of 34 years.

Dempster looked to the floor and nodded as he was sentenced for the brutal murder in Tottenham, north London, in August last year.

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The court heard how Dempster forced open the back door of Mrs Woolmer’s home in a hunt for money to feed his drug habit.

A month earlier, he had completed gardening work for the pensioner, who was less than 5ft tall, and knew she was vulnerable following the death of her husband.

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After breaking in, he found Mrs Woolmer in bed and subjected the elderly woman to a seven-hour sexual ordeal, during which she suffered 10 or more blows to the head.

A pathology report found she was still alive during the sexual assault.

The thug, who said he had been drinking gin and smoking crack beforehand, battered Mrs Woolmer – who had bone condition osteoporosis – until she died.

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Her lifeless body was found bloodied and semi-naked, wrapped in a bed sheet, by her sister and a close friend.

The pair grew concerned when the ‘independent and feisty’ pensioner failed to answer the door or respond to phone calls.

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