13-year-old boy jailed for life for the murder of Glynis Bensley

17/04/2015

At Wolverhampton Crown Court today, a 13-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been jailed for life, with a minimum tariff of 12 years, after he had been found guilty of the murder of 47-year-old Glynis Bensley by a jury following a trial in March.

Fellow defendant Zoheb Majid, aged 20, from Smethwick, was found guilty of Ms Bensley's manslaughter and robbery and was jailed to 10 years.

On Wednesday 3 September 2014, the 47-year-old victim left the Seven Stars Public House in Smethwick. As she walked along Cheshire Road, she was confronted by the 13-year-old defendant followed by Zoheb Majid.

The youth punched Ms Bensley, causing her to fall to the floor and whilst on the floor he stamped on her face leaving an imprint of his training shoe. They then robbed Ms Bensley leaving her on the pavement.

Approximately an hour later, a witness came across the body of Ms. Bensley and called the emergency services. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of death was bleeding on the brain which was associated to the violent attack.

Following a police investigation, both of the defendants were identified as being the prime suspects for the attack and arrested. The youth admitted to robbing the victim and following a trial, Majid was also found guilty of robbery.

Martin Lindop, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "These two defendants had targeted Ms Bensley because she was a vulnerable female who was walking home on her own at night.

"When they were arrested they denied being responsible for the attack, however, a jury found the 13-year-old guilty of murder and Majid of the manslaughter of Ms. Bensley, and today they have been sentenced for their crimes.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Ms Bensley."