Teenager sentenced to life for the murder of 88-year-old woman


Imran Douglas, 18, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years today (8 November) at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of 88-year-old Margery Gilbey. Douglas pleaded guilty to murder on 7 October.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was a senseless murder of a frail and vulnerable woman. Margery Gilbey was completely powerless to defend herself against her violent attacker.

"On 24 May Douglas strangled and stabbed Mrs Gilbey in her bedroom in a residential care home in east London.

 "He attended the home pretending to be visiting grandparents and ransacked Mrs Gilbey's room before brutally attacking her and fleeing via her balcony.

"Despite the overwhelming evidence Douglas only admitted his crime on the first day of his trial.

"I hope that the sentence today provides some comfort for Mrs Gilbey's family. Our thoughts are with them at this time."