North East Wales

Florence Habesch: George Johnson admits Rhyl murder

George Norman Johnson
Image caption George Norman Johnson had taken heroin and crack cocaine before killing Florence Habesch

A man has admitted murdering an 89-year-old woman in her home while under the influence of heroin and crack cocaine.

George Norman Johnson killed Florence May Habesch in Rhyl, Denbighshire.

Johnson, who lives a few hundred yards away, had only vague memories of events leading to her death but knew he killed her, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to murder and was remanded in custody for sentencing, which will be on 3 May at Caernarfon.

Mrs Habesch died from "blunt force" head injuries, the court was told

His defence barrister said he had been under the influence of heroin and crack cocaine at the time of the killing in George Road.

Johnson was arrested in the Midlands after fleeing the murder scene in February.

Image caption Florence Habesch's family used to own a jewellery shop in Rhyl

The Habesch family were well known in the seaside town.

They used to own a jeweller's store on the resort's main street.

At the time of her death, Mrs Habesch's family said she was a "private, respected lady who had many people that cared for her and who will miss her dearly".

The court heard that a psychiatric report on Johnson did not assist his defence case.

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