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Killer who attacked woman, 72, before setting fire to her home is jailed for life

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A killer who viciously attacked a pensioner who had taken pity on him, and then set fire to her home, has been jailed for life for murder. 

William Kydd, 54, beat 73-year-old Carole Harrison unconscious just a few weeks after she had befriended him, and left her to die when he set her home in Teddington ablaze. 

The Old Bailey heard the retired nurse had come across Kydd when he was pretending to be homeless, and offered to help him. She washed his clothes and the evidence suggested that they had started a relationship.

But Kydd killed Mrs Harrison on August 22 last year, attacking her and starting the fire to cover up the assault.

Sentencing him to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years, Judge Philip Katz QC said: “You beat Carole up — you decided to ensure that Carole died rather than live to tell the truth about you … you have no remorse.”

Kydd, from Feltham, denied murder but was convicted by a jury in less than 30 minutes, after he had refused to attend much of his trial. Mrs Harrison’s family said afterwards: “We are just happy that we have got her justice and stopped him from being able to attack any more women.”

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