Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Georgina Edmonds: Matthew Hamlen not guilty of murder

A man has been cleared of murdering a 77-year-old woman with a marble rolling pin in her Hampshire cottage.

Matthew Hamlen, 33, of Bishopstoke, was found not guilty of killing Georgina Edmonds in her home in Brambridge, Eastleigh, in January 2008.

Winchester Crown Court heard Mrs Edmonds' killer had stabbed her several times with a knife and tortured her for her bank card Pin.

She was also hit over the head with a marble rolling pin.

Her body was found in the kitchen.

'Sad loss'

Judge Sir David Clarke thanked the jury and said the families of both Mr Hamlen and Mrs Edmonds had "acted with dignity and respect" throughout the trial.

"To the family of Mrs Edmonds, they have the sympathy of everybody in the court for their sad loss and for the stress of the last four years," he said.

"I recognise that that stress is not over."

Following the verdict, Hampshire Constabulary said unsolved murders were "never closed".

'Complex case'

"This investigation will be reviewed in accordance with the criteria set out under national guidelines," a force spokeswoman said.

She added the investigation had been one of the "biggest murder inquiries ever conducted by Hampshire Constabulary".

"Our thoughts are with Mrs Edmonds' family and members of the local community who still seek some form of closure and to see justice done."

Ian Harris, head of CPS Wessex Complex Case Work Unit, said: "This was a very complex case and the jury, after hearing the prosecution and the defence case, has reached its verdict. We respect its decision.

"My thoughts and those of the whole prosecution team are very much with Mrs Edmonds' family for their patient support throughout this long and complicated investigation and prosecution."

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