Widow 'murdered by woman gardener'

An elderly woman was "savagely" bludgeoned to death by a woman gardener, the Old Bailey has heard.

Jean Jobson, 86, who was known as Pat, paid crack-addict Karen Williamson in advance to clear her garden in Downham, south-east London.

But Ms Williamson, 46, had not finished the work and later went to see the widow and allegedly attacked her with a hammer and a jug, the jury was told.

Ms Williamson denies murdering the widow in February last year.

Mrs Jobson was found with severe head injuries at her home in Oakridge Road.

She had been attacked with a hammer and heavy glass jug causing fractures in her head and face.

Ms Williamson, who worked as a delivery driver and casual gardener, lived in nearby Rangefield Road.

'Defies belief'

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said there was a "seedy" side to Ms Williamson.

He said: "Despite the outward sense of ordinary lifestyle, she was in fact a drugs user."

Mrs Jobson was a friendly woman who was well-liked in the neighbourhood.

Mr Altman said: "The manner of the killing of this elderly woman in the sanctity of her home defies belief because of its nature and savagery."

Ms Williamson had confessed to the killing and told police where to find Mrs Jobson's purse, the court heard.

Mr Altman said she had taken some cash and items of jewellery which had been sold for £61.

The trial continues.

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