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Man jailed for 'brutal' knife murder of his step-grandmother

Jack Huxley
Image caption Jack Huxley "plumbed the depths of depravity and brutality", the judge said

A 21-year-old man who admitted murdering his step-grandmother in a "brutal, sustained" knife attack at her home has been jailed for life.

Janis Dundas, 62, was found dead at the house in Atherton Road in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire on 5 April.

Jack Huxley, of no fixed address, killed her after she had taken him in "out of the goodness of her heart", Liverpool Crown Court heard.

He was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 21 years and eight months.

Sexually motivated

Mrs Dundas was found by police officers in her bedroom.

She had been stabbed and slashed 28 times.

The court heard Huxley launched "a brutal, sustained, and sexually-motivated" attack upon Mrs Dundas in the bedroom of her flat after accessing "hardcore pornography" which "indicated an interest in material showing sexual activity between young men and mature women".

He used four knives and one carving fork to carry out the murder and also carried on inflicting injuries on his step-grandmother after she had died.

Huxley pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday.

Image caption Janis Dundas was stabbed and slashed 28 times

Sentencing him, the Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone said the killing "plumbed the depths of depravity and brutality".

Det Insp Peter Case, from Cheshire Police, said after the sentencing: "This was a truly shocking case and Jack Huxley has shown no remorse throughout this investigation.

"The level of violence used to kill Janis and her post-death mutilation has shocked all those involved in this investigation."

Mrs Dundas's family said she was a "clever and insightful woman" and her murder had "left a deep and dark hole in our lives".

"The sentence imposed in some way reflects the gravity of this crime and gives us some consolation," the family said.

Gary Simpson, senior crown prosecutor, said: "This was a case of a Good Samaritan who was brutally murdered for her trouble."

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