THE MAN who murdered partially sighted Jean Farrar in a brutal attack has been jailed for life today (1).
Daniel Barnett, of Holly House, Brentford, stamped and threw the pensioner at a wall after she disturbed him trying to rob her house in Brook Road South, Brentford in the early hours of October 25 last year.
The 20-year-old continually lied during his trial at the Old Bailey, which started on June 17, saying he went in to rob the house and found the 77-year-old lying unresponsive on the floor so escaped through an upstairs window.
Despite his story, which frequently changed during the trial, he was found guilty by a jury and will serve a minimum of 32 years in prison after today's sentencing.
Detective Chief Inspector Russell Taylor, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, lead the investigation into the former royal seamstress's brutal murder. He said: "This was a horrendous attack on a vulnerable woman who lived alone. It was clear that Barnett targeted the address with a view to steal property.
"Having disturbed Ms Farrar, he attacked her, inflicting dreadful injuries. This was a mindless, cowardly and unnecessarily cruel attack on an elderly lady in her own home."