Lee Thompson jailed over Janet Graney Essex hotel murder

Lee Thompson
Image caption Lee Thompson was released from prison a day before murdering Janet Graney

A man has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum term of 15 years, for murdering a mother-of-five a day after being released from prison.

Lee Thompson, 44, of Clacton, Essex, strangled 51-year-old Janet Graney at the Esplanade Hotel in the town on 29 April.

He was convicted of murder following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Post-mortem tests found Ms Graney died as a result of compression of the neck. Thompson called police to the hotel.

He told detectives he had just killed a woman.


Image caption Janet Graney was murdered at a Clacton hotel

Thompson had been staying there after being released from prison on 28 April. He had served an 18-month sentence for theft and fraud.

The pair had been in "on-off" relationship for seven years when Ms Graney went to visit him at the hotel.

Senior Investigating Officer, Det Ch Insp Godfrey O'Toole, said: "Janet decided enough was enough.

"She could no longer put up with him and chose to put her family first. For that Lee Thompson brutally murdered her."

Thompson denied murder and told investigators that he had not intended to kill Ms Graney. Her face was covered with a pillow when she was found by police.

Ms Graney's 27-year-old son, Stephen Loader, paid tribute to his mother.

"She was a family-orientated person who saw the good in everybody and Thompson has robbed us of a person whom we all looked up to and admired," he said.

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