Man who murdered pensioner, 82, in ‘act of mercy’ jailed for 25 years


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Raymond Sykes was today jailed for 25 years for murder (Picture: PA)

A jobless man has been jailed for at least 25 years for bludgeoning a disabled pensioner to death with a claw hammer to get his bank card.

Cash-strapped Raymond Sykes attacked his former neighbour Arthur Walters-Girout, 82, in his own home on Monday June 15 last year, leaving him with a fractured skull and cheekbone.

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As the married father-of-two’s body lay undiscovered, Sykes, 36, made off in the victim’s car with his HSBC card.

Having extracted the PIN, Sykes joined Jason and Ashley Hill for a spending spree in JD Sports and GS Superfoods in Woolwich.

The jury deliberated for two days to find Sykes, of Engineer Close, Woolwich, south London, guilty of murder yesterday.

A charge of conspiracy to defraud was ordered to lie on court file.

Mr O’Neill told jurors at the Old Bailey that in all, 84 transactions were made to steal more than £2,412 from the account.

But diabetic Sykes was only involved with three of the purchases having admitted himself to hospital on the evening of June 15 claiming he had been without his medication after losing the keys to his flat.

Mr Walters-Girout was found dead on Friday June 19 – five days after he was attacked in his home in Pembury Crescent, Sidcup, where he lived alone.

His son Rowland had become so concerned he had been unable to contact him that he climbed through a window and discovered the heavily bloodstained body of his father slumped in a chair in the living room.

Jason Hill, 23, and Ashley Hill, 22, from Woolwich, have previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and will be sentenced at a later date.