Pen­sioner sex mur­derer gets life

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A MAN who stran­gled an el­derly wi­dow to death, af­ter go­ing to her home to ask for sex, has been jailed for life.

Pa­trick Cur­ran, 38, was told he would spend at least 18 years be­hind bars for the sex­u­ally-mo­ti­vated mur­der of OAP Joan Rod­dam.

Mrs Rod­dam, 74, who lived alone at her re­mote bun­ga­low in Corn­wall, was found dead in the field be­hind her home on Novem­ber 8, 2003.

Wear­ing only a night­dress, bed jacket and dress­ing gown, her body was found un­der­neath an up­turned wheel­bar­row and cov­ered in a blan­ket.

Cur­ran, then 27, was ar­rested and ques­tioned in 2004 and again in 2014 when he was charged with her mur­der fol­low­ing the re­open­ing of the in­quiry by Devon and Corn­wall Po­lice.

Truro Crown Court heard that Cur­ran had im­ages saved on his com­puter de­pict­ing el­derly women hav­ing sex with young men.

The de­fen­dant, of De­labole, was con­victed last week of a sin­gle count of mur­der fol­low­ing a two-week trial, which he chose not to at­tend or be rep­re­sented at.

Judge Gra­ham Cot­tle had ad­journed sen­tenc­ing to see whether Cur­ran would be pre­pared to at­tend court but again he was not present.

The court heard that Cur­ran passed a note to pri­son staff this week, in which he said: “I am an in­no­cent man, I don’t think I re­ceived a fair trial.”

Im­pos­ing a life sen­tence, Judge Cot­tle said Cur­ran’s com­puter records showed he had ac­cessed a “very con­sid­er­able num­ber of web­sites” con­tain­ing porno­graphic im­ages of “ma­ture and very ma­ture women” en­gaged in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with men in their 20s.

The judge praised the po­lice for their de­ter­mi­na­tion in bring­ing Mrs Rod­dam’s mur­derer to jus­tice, adding: “This mur­der was sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated, not in the sense that you sex­u­ally as­saulted Joan Rod­dam – in the sense it ex­plains why you went to her home.” STRAN­GLED: Joan Rod­dam was killed by Pa­trick Cur­ran

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