Killer is guilty at 2nd trial

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AN elec­tri­cian has been found guilty of the mur­der of a 77-year-old woman who was beaten and tor­tured to death – four years af­ter he was ac­quit­ted of the crime.

Matthew Hamlen, 37, faced a six-week “dou­ble jeop­ardy” trial for the mur­der of Georgina Ed­monds who was beaten to death with her mar­ble rolling pin at her home in the vil­lage of Bram­bridge, Hamp­shire, in 2008.

She was tor­tured for her debit card PIN num­ber by her killer, who later at­tempted to use it in a cash­point.

Hamlen ( above) had been cleared of the crime in 2012 but the se­cond trial was brought af­ter fur­ther DNA ev­i­dence was found link­ing him to the crime scene.

At Winch­ester Crown Court the pros­e­cu­tor told the trial Hamlen’s DNA had been found on the rolling pin that was used to blud­geon Mrs Ed­monds to death.

Hamlen had de­nied the mur­der and told po­lice he “couldn’t re­mem­ber” if he had been to the scene of the mur­der.

“Dou­ble Jeop­ardy” is an 800 year old le­gal prin­ci­ple which means some­one can­not be tried twice for the same crime. The law was changed in 2003 to al­low for “new and com­pelling ev­i­dence” to be brought.

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