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London serial killer jailed for 26 years

GUILTY: Mr. Johnson (Photo credit: Metropolitan Police)

AN ELDERLY man has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years after being found guilty of murdering his ex-partner.

The Old Bailey heard that Theodore Johnson beat ex-partner Angela Best with a claw hammer and strangled her with a dressing gown cord, after finding out that she’d met another man. A post-mortem examination revealed the cause of her death to be ‘neck compression by strangulation with a ligature and blunt force trauma to the head’.

The 64-year-old was previously convicted of killing his wife and a former girlfriend. In 1981, Johnson was found guilty of manslaughter after pushing his wife over a balcony and strangling a partner in 1993. He was sentenced to three months' imprisonment and sent to a secure hospital for both crimes, respectively.

After attacking Ms Best, 51, at his Islington home on 15 December 2016, the garage worker threw himself in front of an express train at Chesthunt railway station. He survived but sustained serious injuries, severing his right arm and left hand.

Police discovered Ms Best's body when they called at Johnson's north London flat to find his next of kin after the incident.

The defendant, who now uses a wheelchair, pleaded guilty to murdering mother-of-four and grandmother Ms Best on the first day of his trial.

In defence of Mr. Johnson’s action, Annette Henry QC reportedly said: "He does not wish to be alive. He hates himself for what happened."

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