Foster mother strangler jailed for life
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Norma Bell murder: Gareth Dack jailed for life

A cocaine addict who strangled a foster mother and then tried to cause an explosion to hide evidence has been jailed for a minimum of 33 years.

Norma Bell, 79, who had fostered more than 50 children, was found in her burning home in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, in April.

Gareth Dack, 33, was found guilty of murder and arson at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday.

Mrs Justice Whipple said Dack killed "a defenceless woman in cold blood".

  • 02 Feb 2017