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Life for Habesch killer

Published date: 03 May 2011 |
Published by: Staff Reporter
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A MURDERER released on licence only to kill again has been sentenced to life imprisonment - and a judge ruled that he must never be released again.

George Norman Johnson, 47, of Brighton Road, Rhyl, admitted murdering 89-year-old widow Florence Habesch at her home in Grange Road, Rhyl, on February 6 - all for £25.

At the time he was on licence following a murder back in 1986.

Mr Justice Griffith-Williams, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said that when disinhibited by drugs or alcohol, "you are on any view a very dangerous man."

He said that the murder of Mrs Habesch was no spur of the moment killing.

"It was premeditated," he said.

The defendant had gone there to rob her because he was desperate for money for drugs.

He was on a £100 a day heroin and crack cocaine habit.

"You knew that she would not give or lend you money," the judge told him.

"You did not scruple to take the life of that frail, defenceless old lady who had shown you nothing but kindness. You battered her to death in her own home."

The judge said that for such a premeditated murder he had no doubt that he would have to spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

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