Drug user jailed for life after killing his own gran
A COCAINE-user who murdered his grandmother by cutting her throat and stabbing her more than 40 times has been branded “evil” by his family as he was jailed for life.
Gregory Irvin, who had a £35,000 gambling debt, stabbed Anne James in the back and chest, after assaulting the pensioner in the kitchen of her Walsall home.
Irvin wept in the dock of Birmingham Crown Court on Monday as he was sentenced to life with a minimum of 24 years for the former nurse’s killing.
Irvin claimed he could not remember the incident – a fact ruled out as a “lie” by Mrs Justice Nerys Jefford, who described the incident as an attack of the “most extraordinary ferocity and cruelty”.
Mrs James, a church-goer who had been happily married for more than 40 years, was “like a lamb to the slaughter”, her son Andrew James said in a statement read to court.
He said: “She died terrified and alone, with an evil grandson. He has ripped out my heart and stamped on it. She would have been frozen with fear – like a lamb to the slaughter.”
Irvin, had a £100-a-week drug habit and a previous conviction for stealing £29,000 of designer gloves from former employer.
After the attack, he “carried on as if nothing happened”, visiting his parents, doing the washing up, and watched television, before getting a call from family to say his grandmother was dead.
The judge told Irvin: “You have put your family through the trauma of this trial. You’re own mother was too unwell to give evidence. Family members have had to sit in court and hear, over and over, the horror of Anne James’s injuries, knowing they were inflicted by one of their own.”
Irvin was linked to the crime by forensics, when blood matching that of Mrs James was found on the killer’s jacket and car.
Irvin, whose barrister Timothy Raggatt QC told the court had been bullied at school, sexually assaulted as a child, and had “high-functioning” autistic spectrum disorder, nodded as he was jailed.
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