Essex

Howard Livings jailed for Tina Bennett murder

A man who claimed cuts to his hands were inflicted on him in a robbery has been jailed for life for murdering a woman at her home in Essex.

Howard Livings, 30, of Maysent Avenue, Braintree, stabbed Tina Bennett more than 50 times after she answered her door in Braintree on Easter Sunday.

He had denied murdering the 47-year-old, but was convicted by jurors at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday.

Livings was told he must serve at least 30 years.

'Frenzied attack'

The court heard Livings had gone to Ms Bennett's home with "pent up sexual fury" following a row with his girlfriend.

Armed with a 23cm kitchen knife, he killed Ms Bennett in a "frenzied attack" in her living room.

Image caption Howard Livings has given no explanation for Tina Bennett's murder

He knew her as his best friend's aunt and had carried out DIY at her home, so knew she lived alone, the court heard.

After murdering her, he went to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford with cuts to his hands which he claimed had been inflicted in a robbery, jurors were told.

Ms Bennett was discovered by her sister, who became concerned when she did not turn up for a family lunch on Easter Monday.

Livings has given no explanation for the murder.

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