Man jailed for murder of disabled neighbour

|News, Violent crime

A man who attacked his disabled neighbour with a blunt object has been sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of her murder.

Adrian Jenkins, 44, denied killing his neighbour, Julie Fox, 51, who had cerebral palsy, but was convicted of murder following a trial at Worcester Crown Court. He was sentenced today (28 June) to life imprisonment with a minimum of 33 years to serve.

Ms Fox’s body was found in a cupboard at her home in Worcester on 27 December last year by a concerned neighbour who had not seen her for several days.

Jenkins, who would help Ms Fox with chores, was arrested on 2 January this year after forensic evidence was found at his victim’s home.

The prosecution evidence outlined how, Jenkins hit Ms Fox over the head with a blunt object on December 22 and stole between £200 and £300 from her.

Jonathan Kelleher, from the CPS, said: “Adrian Jenkins murdered Julie Fox for financial gain.

“He had already developed an exploitative relationship with Ms Fox where she would pay him for helping her with some chores. He killed Ms Fox, by striking her head several times with a blunt object, after killing her, he stole from her.

“The defendant denied he had killed Ms Fox, however, the CPS presented evidence to the jury, including CCTV footage and forensic evidence, which proved he was responsible for her death.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Ms Fox.”

Notes to editors

  • Jonathan Kelleher is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands CPS
  • Adrian Jenkins D.o.B. is 3/4/1974

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