A MAN who murdered his step-grandmother in a horrific sexually-motivated attack after watching hardcore pornography has been jailed for life.
A judge told Jack Huxley, 21, that he carried out the murder in circumstances which “plumbed the depths of depravity and brutality.”
Retired mental health nurse Janis Dundas, 62, took Huxley in after he turned up at her home in Atherton Road, Ellesmere Port, having made himself homeless.
She offered him somewhere to stay and even arranged to borrow a bed for him but within 24 hours she was dead after Huxley, high on a cocktail of drink and drugs, attacked her with four knives and a carving fork while she slept.
“You were to repay her kindness and common decency in a way which was as inhuman as it was gratuitously violent,” said Judge Clement Goldstone QC, the Recorder of Liverpool.
Huxley, of no fixed address but with links to Helsby and Chester, had accessed pornographic sites featuring sex between young men and mature women on his laptop days before he arrived at her home.
Judge Goldstone said he was sure he had been on such websites “in order to arouse yourself sexually”.
Huxley went into the kitchen and got knives before attacking Mrs Dundad in her bed.
“You launched upon her what can only be described as an attack of massive ferocity, stabbing her with the various knives no fewer than 28 times,” said the judge.
He said Huxley dragged Mrs Dundas from the bed onto the floor and stabbed her about a further eight times to the back, lower abdomen and buttocks and a “bizarre” slashing injury to her foot.
Mrs Dundas must have been awake as she had tried in vain to defend herself, said the judge.
After leaving her with three knives sticking out from wounds in her back, Huxley partially cleaned up before fleeing in her Peugeot car and stealing her credit card, £50 cash and mobile phone.
He crashed into a wall and another car before vanishing. Shortly afterwards he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
Police officers went to Mrs Dundas’ home and were horrified to find her lying dead in the heavily bloodstained bedroom.
Huxley declined to be interviewed but eventually claimed a masked stranger was to blame and later tried to blacken her character with a “pack of lies” by claiming he acted in self-defence.
Judge Goldstone told Huxley he regarded him as a very dangerous man and ordered him to serve a minimum of 21 years eight months.
Huxley, whose father was married to one of Mrs Dundas’ daughters, had pleaded guilty to murder at Liverpool Crown Court.
Charles Miskin QC, defending, said Huxley had problems all his life because of a neuro-developmental disorder and had drink and drug problems. He had never been able to form relationships and had self-harmed. He described him as very immature and said he wished to apologise to the victim’s family and his own family.
After the hearing Det Insp Peter Case, the senior investigating officer, said Mrs Dundas had been “an innocent and defenceless woman who lost her life as a result of offering kindness to her step grandson.”
He said: “The level of violence used and the post-death mutilation was horrific. My colleagues and I have been involved in a number of homicides and we were shocked and sickened by the level of violence in this case. The sexual element and internet porn are the only motive we could find.”
Mrs Dundas’ family said: “Her murder has 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.
“Our wonderful life has been shattered and all we can now do is try not to let the incomprehensible actions of one man become our focus, instead, we will try to rejoice in the memories we have of a truly wonderful woman, our beautiful mummy.”