Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Georgina Edmonds 'unlawfully killed' says inquest

Georgina Edmonds
Image caption Georgina Edmonds was stabbed and beaten to death with a marble rolling pin on 11 January 2008

A woman found battered with a rolling pin at her Hampshire home was killed in a prolonged attack involving elements of torture, a coroner has said.

Georgina Edmonds, 77, was also stabbed a number of times in Brambridge, Eastleigh, in January 2008 and tortured for her debit card Pin number.

Matthew Hamlen, 33, of Bishopstoke, was found not guilty of her murder following a trial in January.

A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at an inquest on Wednesday.

Winchester Coroner Grahame Short : "I find this was a brutal and protracted attack on a defenceless old lady.

"The family have chosen not to attend this inquest, a decision I fully respect. I know they have endured the long time this inquiry has taken and the subsequent trial.

"I hope that it although has not reached a final conclusion, they will now at least be able to grieve and have some closure."

Hampshire police said the case was still open.

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