Man jailed for 94-year-old woman's murder at Bradford care home

Scott Sorby
Image caption Sorby was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, last January

A man who sexually assaulted and murdered a 94-year-old woman after breaking into a Bradford care home has been jailed for a minimum of 24 years.

A judge at Bradford Crown Court told Scott Sorby, 21, he committed a "truly dreadful" act against Elizabetta Pecka.

The court heard Sorby was out of prison on licence at the time, having been released part way through a four-and-a-half year sentence for attempted rape.

Sorby was given a life sentence after admitting murder and attempted rape.

The attack happened at the Rosewood Court residential home in Bradford, on 21 January last year.

'Vulnerable and defenceless'

The court heard Sorby battered the defenceless woman and dragged her into her bathroom, where he continued the attack as he also tried to rape her.

She died in hospital two months later, when she was 95, from pneumonia brought on by her ordeal.

Det Supt Dick Nuttall, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Scott Sorby carried out a brutal and cowardly physical and sexual assault on a vulnerable and defenceless lady of 94 in the very place she felt most safe.

"Mrs Pecka had been an active lady in relatively good health, but after this attack she never left hospital and it is very clear that Sorby's actions led to her death."

Det Supt Nuttall added he hoped Sorby's sentence would bring some sense of justice to the people who cared for Mrs Pecka.

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