A man who murdered his 85-year-old neighbour in a "merciless" attack in her home has been jailed for life. Robert Tozer pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to killing Joan Charlton in West Parade, Hull, in June. The judge recommended Tozer, 20, spend at least 22 years in jail before being considered for parole.
Humberside Police had described the attack on Mrs Charlton, in which every bone in her face was broken, as "sustained and brutal".
As chance would have it, the BBC report is somewhat light on the unpleasant detail.
He repeatedly assaulted her with a bottle in the living room before searching upstairs for cash. Tozer came back downstairs to discover the injured pensioner trying to reach the phone in the hall to call for help and launched a merciless attack. He stamped on her head, cut the phone line, deactivated the fire alarm and tried to set fire to her body despite knowing she was still alive.
All the reports, except the BBC, point out that Tozer had been released from prison just weeks before (for attacking someone with a pool cue). At that point you assume he was freed early - isn't everyone these days ?
Tozer, who was sentenced to life for Mrs Charlton's murder at Hull Crown Court yesterday, had been released from prison early after serving five months of a 15- month sentence for assault, one of two previous convictions for violence.
I see you only serve a third, rather than half - when did that happen ?
Chalk up yet another death to our Probation "Service".
UPDATE - expanded at Biased-BBC.