Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Melanie Cole befriended 91-year-old man 'before beating him to death with wine bottle to steal money' - 9th Aug 2011

A woman battered a helpless 91-year-old man to death with a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape wine after befriending his family, the Old Bailey heard today.

Widower William Reilly, of Tottenham, north London, was 'brutally attacked' in his bedroom by Melanie Cole, 49, for just a few pounds which he kept in a coat, jurors were told.

Mr Reilly, a father-of-three, suffered multiple skull and facial fractures after being clubbed over the head with the bottle of wine and a bottle of Dry Orange Curacao liqueur.

He was found by his eldest son James sitting on the edge of his bed, covered in blood, four days after Christmas, on December 29 last year.

The pensioner, registered blind and almost completely deaf, died a week later on hospital by inhaling his own vomit, after developing pneumonia.

Ms Cole, of Hackney, east London, had previously stolen cash from the elderly man, who she had met in a pub close to his home in Tottenham and would turn up announced, the court heard.

Mr Reilly had called her the 'bottle pincher' after she had taken a whisky bottle containing loose change from the house, some 18 months before his death. Read More