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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 October, 2004, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Sex attack killer jailed for life
A man who sexually abused and battered an elderly widow to death, the day he left prison, has been jailed for life.

Anthony Thompson from Leominster Road in Wallasey, Wirral, admitted the murder of 87-year-old Elsie Broadbent.

The pensioner died of a heart attack three days after she had been attacked in her home on Sea Road on 11 June this year.

The judge at Liverpool Crown Court, described Thompson as sadistic and said he should serve a minimum of 25 years.

Thompson was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Multiple injuries

Mrs Broadbent was found by her son and a worried friend lying on her bedroom floor in her bungalow bleeding from multiple injuries.

John McDermott, prosecuting, said the doctor who examined her was "profoundly shocked" at her condition.

Thompson committed the attack on the day he was released from Thorncross Young Offenders Institute following an 18-month sentence for aggravated burglary.

The court heard that his probation officer warned him on release about the effect alcohol had on his actions.

His defence counsel said Thompson drank up to one and half litres of vodka a day.

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