Middlesbrough man sentenced for murder of elderly neighbour


A Middlesbrough man who stabbed and then strangled his 72-year-old neighbour to death has today been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Christian Darko, 41, was found guilty of the murder of Rose Doughty and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 27 years.

On the morning of November 23 last year, Darko had entered Rose Doughty's flat in Forsdyke Green, in the Netherfield area of Middlesbrough, in an attempt to borrow money from her. Despite having previously given Darko money, Rose Doughty refused on this occasion and asked Darko to leave. He returned a short time later and killed her before taking £30 from her flat.

Gerry Sydenham, Acting Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East, said: 'We are pleased with the sentence passed on Christian Darko today for the murder of Rose Doughty.

'Rose Doughty was a caring and considerate neighbour to Darko, who had repeatedly called at her address to ask for assistance on previous occasions. She had shown him nothing but kindness by providing him with money, tea and sugar in an effort to help him.

'Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this case is that Darko chose to repay that generosity by taking Roses life, seemingly motivated only by a desire for financial gain. For the sum of only thirty pounds, Darkos actions have caused untold heartache and anguish for the family and friends of Rose Doughty.

'I would hope that this sentence brings a measure of closure to them at what must be an incredibly difficult time.'