Neighbour guilty of killing 92 year-old pensioner

30/11/2012

Charlotte Frazier-Doody, aged 36, has today been found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of the murder of a pensioner in his home in Willenhall, West Midlands on 1 April 2012.

Neighbours found 92 year-old William Davis in his home with severe head injuries from which he subsequently died.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"William Davis was a war veteran who had served his country with great courage and pride. He was extremely independent, but his neighbours would always assist him when he needed any help. To this extent, he trusted those around him. 

"On the afternoon of 1 April 2012, neighbours heard banging from Mr Davis' house. They went to investigate, but initially did not find anything. Later that afternoon they went back to his house, used a key that one of them had been given previously, went inside and found Mr Davis lying in a pool of blood. He had multiple head injuries, which an expert has said were caused by repeated blows using a heavy object. Paramedics were unable to revive him.

"We do not know what motivated Charlotte Frazier-Doody to kill Mr Davis. The only property missing from the address was a set of saucepans. She was addicted to heroin and crack cocaine. However, she has never told the truth about what happened.

"She was initially treated as a potential witness. On her own account, she was one of the last people to have seen him alive. She had taken a meal to him, but he had already eaten and she put it in the fridge.   

"Suspicions were raised about her account and she became the prime suspect. She was arrested and, through a series of interviews with the police maintained her account. 

"A combination of forensic evidence and painstaking examination of many hours of CCTV footage by West Midlands Police pointed to Frazier-Doody as the person who had killed Mr Davis.

2The jury has heard all of the evidence and found her guilty of murder.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Davis and I hope that the outcome of today's trial will go some way to help them to deal with their loss".