Essex

Essex woman, 19, guilty of stabbing murder

Priscilla Scamp
Image caption Priscilla Scamp was 18 when she was arrested 11 days after Mr Thomas's body was found

A 19-year-old woman has been found guilty of murdering the man she lodged with at his home in Essex.

Daniel Thomas, 59, was found dead at Darnley Road, Grays, in May 2010. He had been stabbed in the chest a number of times and his throat was cut.

Priscilla Scamp, from Centurion Way, Purfleet, denied murder but was convicted following an 11-day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

She is due to be sentenced at the same court on Friday.

Speaking after the case, Det Ch Insp Dave Peplow, of Essex Police, said: "Daniel Thomas was a vulnerable man who befriended a number of young people, relying on them for company and friendship in return for a place to stay or hang out.

"Priscilla Scamp took advantage of him, using his loneliness to her own advantage while lodging with him.

"We may never know exactly what happened on the day he died.

"She admits that she fought with him and he died after his throat was cut and he was stabbed a number of times.

"His body lay undiscovered for some time and Scamp has never showed any remorse."

Mr Thomas was found on 16 May and Miss Scamp was arrested in Maidstone, Kent, on 27 May.

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