Christian Darko guilty of Rose Doughty Middlesbrough murder
A man has been found guilty of murdering his 72-year-old neighbour when she refused to hand over money.
Mother of four and grandmother of 11, Rose Doughty was stabbed and strangled at her home in Fosdyke Green, Middlesbrough, in November.
Christian Darko, 41, was found guilty by unanimous verdict at Teesside Crown Court and must serve a minimum of 27 years in jail.
Cleveland Police said he had shown no remorse.
In a statement, Ms Doughty's family said: "This has destroyed our lives and left a huge void that can never be filled.
"Two of her young grandsons should never have had to carry her coffin in such tragic circumstances.
"He never gave us chance to give her one last kiss goodbye and only he knows what happened in those 30 minutes and we have to sit and torture ourselves with the if only's - if only she had not been so kind-hearted to this evil man."
Det Insp Kath Vickers said the community had been "horrified" by the murder of Ms Doughty, who lived alone.
She said: "She had shown friendship to Christian Darko who lived in a flat below her.
"She had helped him out when he needed his phone charging, hot water or giving him small food provisions.
"She was well known in the local community and her family and friends are left devastated by her murder."
"The disregard he showed for both his crime and Rose's family was borne out in court by his selfish and disruptive behaviour whilst hearing the evidence," she said.
"This disruption has prolonged the family's agony in hearing the facts leading up to Rose's death."