Lancashire

Man facing sex charge murdered wife in Preesall home

Geoffrey Norton
Image caption Geoffrey Norton murdered his wife while on bail

A husband has admitted murdering his wife at their Lancashire home while facing a charge of sexually assaulting a young girl.

Geoffrey Norton bludgeoned Janet Norton to death with a hammer at Willow Grove Caravan Park, Preesall, on 22 January.

He also admitted 11 counts of indecent assault on a child between 1972 and 1983, and assaulting a child under 13 in 2008 by sexual touching.

The 67-year-old will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday.

Norton was arrested in December on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl, a Lancashire police spokeswoman said.

He murdered his 64-year-old wife while on bail for that offence.

Police then charged him with the historic offences in April, the spokeswoman added.

Post-mortem tests found Mrs Norton died from head injuries.

Mrs Norton's daughter Pamela Vilorio Mieses, 43, said her mother was a "remarkable person", who had "an outstanding ability to listen, care and take all your problems away".

She added: "I have lost my mum, I feel like I have been blindfolded and can't take it off.

"I can't believe what happened to her. Her pure generosity and loving nature I'll miss the most and truly believe the lives of my family and her friends will never be the same.

"Again, it is an honour for me to have known and loved her as a mum, grandma and best friend."

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