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Life term for 'merciless' killer

Robert Tozer
The attack by Tozer was described as vicious and sustained

A man who murdered his 85-year-old neighbour in a "merciless" attack in her home has been jailed for life.

Robert Tozer pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to killing Joan Charlton in West Parade, Hull, in June.

The judge recommended Tozer, 20, spend at least 22 years in jail before being considered for parole.

Humberside Police had described the attack on Mrs Charlton, in which every bone in her face was broken, as "sustained and brutal".

Tozer also admitted stealing money from Mrs Charlton's home.

Judge Michael Mettyear told Tozer he had subjected the widow to a "sustained and merciless degree of violence" and said it was a truly shocking case.

'No remorse'

"It is chilling to think of the pain and anguish Joan Charlton would have suffered in her last few hours of life," he added.

Mrs Charlton was murdered by Tozer when he broke into her home late at night.

Joan Charlton
Joan Charlton was attacked when Tozer broke into her home

He admitted killing the pensioner on a date between 4 June and 12 June, 2009.

Humberside Police said he had shown "no remorse" for his actions.

Mrs Charlton's sister, Barbara Beecroft, said: "Since my sister was brutally murdered I have had difficulty sleeping at night. I cannot imagine the feeling of terror she must have experienced when finding someone in her own home during the night.

"It is beyond comprehension that someone could inflict these horrific injuries on another human being. No-one deserves to die in those circumstances."

Det Supt Dena Fleming of Humberside Police said: "I am delighted that this man has received such a substantial sentence for what was a vicious and sustained attack against an elderly lady in her own home."

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