A man has admitted causing the death of a woman in Clacton just before Christmas last year and has been given a 16 year custodial sentence.
Scott Hilling, 25, of no fixed abode, admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility on the first day of his trial for murder which began on Tuesday, May 31.
Kathleen Griffin, 57, was stabbed at her home in Old Road, Clacton, on December 18, 2015.
His plea was not accepted by the CPS and the trial at Chelmsford Crown Court went ahead. However on June 8 the judge HHJ Gratwicke discontinued the trial and accepted Hilling s original plea. The jury was discharged.
Hilling was sentenced back at the same court today, Thursday, June 9.
The Judge directed that initially Hilling will continue to be treated in a secure mental health facility and then will be transferred to prison when appropriate.
Senior investigating officer DI Al Pitcher said: “Scott Hilling has admitted the manslaughter of Kathleen Griffin. His attack on her was savage. At no point has he ever shown any shred of remorse for his actions for this brutal attack. I am pleased that he has been held to account for his cruel and violent acts. I would like to pay tribute to Kathleen s family for the support that they have provided to our investigation and the dignity that they have shown throughout the case.
“Although nothing will ever bring Kathleen back, or lessen the pain that they have suffered, I am hopeful that this verdict and sentence will give the family some closure so that they can start to move forward. My thoughts are very much with them at this time.
Kathleen s son Dale McMullan said: “Our wonderful mother, grandmother and sister, was so cruelly taken from us by Scott Hilling, in the most cruel and evil way imaginable, leaving our family truly heartbroken. We have now found justice for her and she can finally rest in peace. A mother, who loved her family dearly, who was kind hearted, a heart like a diamond, generous to all she met, she will never be forgotten and she will be dearly missed by us all. We would like to thank Essex Police for their continued support and caring approach to our devastating loss.