A young woman who battered her grandmother to death with a spade has been found guilty of murder. Joanne Hussey had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. But a jury at Leeds Crown Court took just over an hour to decide the 33-year-old had murdered Annie Garbutt at her Mirfield home last May.A police chief said later that greed had sparked Hussey into killing her 76-year-old grandmother. Worried that her gran’s money might be spent on nursing care, she repeatedly struck Annie Garbutt as she slept.If Mrs Garbutt had been fortunate enough to live in Scotland, she'd be alive today. I blame Gordon Brown.
The two-week trial heard that Hussey, from Yeadon, had a history of violence, once stabbing a former partner. She had been worried about the financial implications of Mrs Garbutt going into a nursing home. Mrs Garbutt, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, was said to have had considerable savings.
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