Janet Gilson murder: Man jailed for life in Hong Kong

Janet Gilson
Image caption Janet Gilson had retired shortly before her death in 2011

A man who murdered a retired Salvation Army worker from Essex has been jailed for life in Hong Kong.

The body of Janet Gilson, 64, was found hidden under a sofa at her niece's home in Lamma, a Hong Kong island, in March 2011.

She had been reported missing three days earlier.

Ahmed Fareed, who was 29 at the time of the killing, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday, the Hong Kong Judiciary said.

The court heard Ms Gilson, who was suffocated, was strangled with a rope and had a towel stuffed into her mouth.

Four of her ribs had been broken.

It is understood Fareed was the ex-husband of Ms Gilson's niece and had been barred by a court order from entering the property.

Ms Gilson had retired shortly before her death and lived in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

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