Patrick Curran guilty of 2003 Delabole murder


Patrick Curran has today been found guilty of the murder of Joan Roddam by a jury at Truro Crown Court.

The unanimous verdict comes after a three week trial, at which Curran refused to appear.

CPS Crown Adviocate, Julian Herbert said: "The jury's decision comes at the end of a long and painstaking enquiry by Devon and Cornwall Police into the murder of Joan Roddam at her home in Delabole in November 2003. Curran was originally arrested at the time but there was insufficient evidence to bring a prosecution. However, developments in forensic science over the years meant that evidence became available in 2014 and the CPS authorised Devon and Cornwall police to charge him with murder.

"This case was brought to court as a result of close teamwork over many months between the police Major Crime Investigation Team and the Crown Prosecution Service.

"The family of Joan Roddam have endured their grief for over 11 years and while nothing will ever compensate for what they have been through, or for their loss, I hope the jury's verdict today will bring some comfort to them."

Speaking today, Mrs Roddam's family said: "During the trial we have heard details about Joan's death that have shocked us. Joan did not deserve to die in these circumstances.

"We cannot understand why Patrick Curran did not come to court to defend himself and face us as a family.

"We are glad that finally today justice has been served. We would like to thank the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this case to court and everybody who has provided information that has helped to convict Patrick Curran today."