Man sentenced for brutal murder of his step grandmother

03/10/2013

A 21-year-old man from Helsby has pleaded guilty to brutally murdering his step-grandmother at her home in Ellesmere Port on the morning of April 5th 2013.

Jack Huxley was sentenced to life imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court on 3rd October 2013 with the judges recommendation that he serve 21 years and eight months before being considered for release.

The court was told how 62-year-old Janis Dundas was murdered by Huxley while she lay in her bed at her home after he had arrived there in the early hours of the previous day looking for somewhere to stay.

Janis allowed him to stay at the address as he told her he had nowhere to go as he had made himself homeless.

Within 24 hours Huxley had murdered Janis in a vicious and brutal attack in which she sustained multiple stab wounds that caused her death. She also had significant injuries inflicted upon her after death.

The court also heard that Jack Huxley was a user of controlled drugs and a regular user of the internet to access pornographic websites.

Detective Inspector Peter Case of the Cheshire Police Major Investigation Team led the investigation into her murder. He said: "At the time of her death, Janis was not in the best of health and was recovering from a hip operation which hindered her mobility.

"Janis lived in a one bedroom flat, but despite this she agreed to let Jack Huxley sleep in her living room as she wanted to help him. Tragically Janis did not know that Huxley had a fascination with internet porn, particularly ones which involved older women."

While Janis was in bed Huxley trawled the internet for porn and then brutally murdered her while she slept. Huxley then mutilated her after her death. He then washed himself of any traces of blood, got dressed and stole property from her home, including her car. #

To avoid detection he secured the flat and fled the scene in Janis's car. However having travelled a short distance from Janis's home he crashed it and was arrested by police.

DI Case said: "Evidence suggests that Jack Huxley had a sexual motive for killing Janis. He visited pornographic websites both before and after he murdered Janis.

"This was a truly shocking case and Jack Huxley has shown no remorse throughout this investigation. The level of violence used to kill Janis and her post death mutilation has shocked all those involved in this investigation, many of whom have worked on numerous homicide enquiries. Our thoughts go to the family of Janis who now have to try and rebuild their lives after such a traumatic event."

Janis's family said: "Janis. Our mummy, a grandmother, sister and daughter. A clever and insightful woman, murdered so brutally by a man whom she invited into her home.

"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.

"We would like to thank the many people who have worked so tirelessly to achieve justice for mummy. We are extremely grateful to all concerned.

"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."

Gary Simpson, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service Mersey-Cheshire, said: "This was a case of a Good Samaritan who was brutally murdered for her trouble. 

"Jack Huxley turned up on Janis Dundas's doorstep with nowhere to stay and she took him in. She spent most of the day before her death trying to find a put-me-up bed for him to sleep on. 

"That night she was killed by the relative she had tried to help. The hard work of Cheshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service has meant that man is now behind bars for a considerable period of time."