Darren Jackson: Life sentence for Llanllwni murderer

17/09/2012

A man has been jailed for life after admitting to the rape and murder of a grandmother at her home in Carmarthenshire.

Darren Jackson, who had pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing, was ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years when he was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court.

The court heard that Jackson had broken into the home of Irene Lawless, who lived next door to him in the village of Llanllwni.
Jackson attacked Mrs Lawless before strangling her. He stole her handbag and car and drove to Kent, where he was later arrested.

Iwan Jenkins, District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said:

"This was a senseless and brutal attack on a vulnerable and defenceless victim. It is right that Darren Jackson has received a significant jail sentence for his callous actions.

"Dyfed Powys Police's swift and thorough investigation meant that the CPS was able, at an early stage, to build an extremely strong prosecution case against Darren Jackson. This led to the defendant, in the face of overwhelming evidence, pleading guilty to Irene Lawless' murder.

"We can only hope that Irene's family and friends may be able to take some small comfort from the fact that we were able to spare them the stresses and strains of a murder trial. However, we are acutely aware that today's sentencing does nothing to bring back Irene or ease the sense of loss felt by those close to her. Our thoughts are with them."