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Friday, 8 November, 2002, 19:58 GMT
Family appeal over murdered aunt
Sandra Pearson
Sandra Pearson said her family was "devastated"
The niece of an elderly woman who was sexually assaulted and beaten to death has appealed for help to catch the killer.

Sandra Pearson said somebody must know who killed her aunt Gladys Godfrey in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire two months ago.

It had been the second sexual assault on the 87-year-old and it is thought the murderer could have carried out both attacks.

Police also revealed they had a DNA profile of the killer which would help them track him down.

Gladys Godfrey
Ms Godfrey endured physical and sexual abuse
Ms Pearson told a media conference on Friday: "We just hope that somebody out there is thinking: 'Is it my son, husband, whatever'.

"Somebody must know something and we just hope it will shake the memory to come forward for the slightest little thing that might be interesting.

"The whole family is devastated by it all to think that she lived until she was 87 and to come to the end like this is horrible."

Police believe a hollow gold hooped earring could have been left by the killer during the first attack on 28 April, 2001.

Detective Inspector Stewart Bradley said they discovered the DNA profile after Ms Godfrey's body was found a her home in Devon Drive on the Ladybrook Estate on Sunday, 8 September.

"The DNA is absolutely vital in that it will be able to take us forward and we will be able to eliminate people who are put forward to the incident room very, very quickly."


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