A MAN murdered his step-grandmother in a frenzied knife attack after he had been searching online for hardcore pornography, a court heard.
Jack Alan Huxley, 21, murdered 62-year-old Janis Dundas, a retired mental health nurse, as she lay sleeping in her home in what is believed to have been a sexually motivated attack and evidence of some sexual activity was later found.
Huxley, who had earlier been drinking vodka and taking drugs, launched the attack using four knives and a carving fork taken from Mrs Dundas’ kitchen.
She suffered 28 wounds inflicted with considerable force, some suffered after death. The two fatal blows to her neck caused major injuries including severing the carotid artery and one finger was almost severed.
Liverpool Crown Court was told Huxley turned up at Mrs Dundas's home in Atherton Road, Ellesmere Port, on April 4 as he was homeless.
Stuart Lawson Rogers QC, prosecuting, said "she took him in out of the goodness of her heart”.
Huxley had tried to pin Mrs Dundas’ foot to the floor after death and he plunged three knives into her back after dragging her lifeless body to the floor.
The court heard that after her body was found it was discovered that he had been using her computer to search for pornography involving young men and mature women and had done so on earlier occasions on his own laptop.
Huxley initially denied murdering Mrs Dundas but pleaded guilty to murder yesterday and Judge Clement Goldstone QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, adjourned sentence until today.
The court heard that Huxley had has had problems all his life because of a neuro-developmental disorder and had developed drink and drug problems. He had never been able to form relationships and had self-harmed but although he would get angry and hit walls he had never been violent to others, said his QC Charles Miskin.
He described him as very immature and said he wished to apologise to the victim's family and his own family. He said that Mrs Dundas had treated Huxley like her own grand child. He had not only left her dead but had destructively marked the lives of her family and friends.
FAMILY and friends paid tribute to Janis Dundas, describing her as a “truly unique woman”, following her murder.
In a statement issued through the police, her devastated family said: “Janis was a unique woman.
“Generous, gregarious, canny, convivial, she lived for the moment, refusing to ever see the bad in people.
“As a mother a grandmother a sister and a friend, in her mind no bridge was ever too broken to mend.
“She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends who are deeply shocked by this tragedy.”
Police found her body when they searched her home having responded to reports of a crash in nearby Regent Street, where Mrs Dundas’ Peugeot car mounted the kerb and crashed into a parked car.
Huxley, who had lived in Helsby and said to have links to Chester, was initially arrested on suspicion of theft, possession of cannabis and driving while unfit but was then charged with murdering Mrs Dundas.