A BURGLAR today admitted to the murder and sexual assault of an 89-year-old at her London home – after whingeing he “only got a hundred quid” from ransacking her house.
Reece Dempster, 23, battered widow Dorothy Woolmer to death at her Tottenham home before making off with two bottles of alcohol and cash.
And just hours later, he confessed to his former partner Nikita Richards, telling her he had been smoking crack and drinking when he went to rob a house – adding “I think I hurt someone”.
He also told her he “only got a hundred quid – it wasn’t even worth it.”
Mrs Woolmer’s lifeless body was found, half-naked and wrapped “like a mummy”, in her bed by her sister and a close friend who were concerned when the “independent and feisty” pensioner failed to answer the door or respond to calls.
Dempster today dramatically changed his plea partway through the trial – showing little emotion as he admitted to one count of murder and two of sexual assault by penetration.
He is now facing a life sentence after battering the widow at her Tottenham home in North London in August last year.
The court previously heard how Dempster had “cased” the home of Mrs Woolmer before forcing open the back door and hunting for money.
He then set upon Mrs Woolmer – assaulting her for seven hours and repeatedly hitting her on the head with his fists.
The vulnerable pensioner, who was less than 5ft tall and weighed under eight stone, suffered 10 or more blows to the head, jurors heard.
Anthony Orchard QC told the court fingerprints belonging to Dempster were later found in the home.
He was caught on CCTV nearby, seen vomiting three times as he left the home.
He later told his ex-girlfriend: “You have to understand I was smoking crack and drinking gin, I just blacked out and then I turned a light on and there was blood everywhere. And then I ran.”
How someone could perpetrate such vile acts on a lone and vulnerable elderly woman is beyond my comprehension
Detective Inspector Garry Moncrieff
Detective Inspector Garry Moncrieff of Specialist Crime led the investigation and said even experienced officers were shocked with the “disturbing” details of the attack.
He said: “How someone could perpetrate such vile acts on a lone and vulnerable elderly woman is beyond my comprehension.
“Dorothy Woolmer was a proud and independent woman and to have her life ended by this man’s monstrous acts is beyond tragic.
“Dempster initially tried to avoid responsibility for her murder claiming he was so high on drink and drugs that he did not know what he was doing.
“But it was clear that he planned the burglary and then committed deliberate and gross acts of violence.
“He is fully accountable for his wicked acts and will have a very long time to contemplate their consequences.”
In a statement, Dorothy’s family said: “Dot was a wonderful, full of life, beautiful woman. She was a sister, wife, aunty and dear friend to many.
“She was independent and was so full of life.
“Family was everything to her and she was everything to us. The events surrounding Dot’s death have brought extreme amounts of heartache and stress to our entire family.
“She was taken from us in such a cruel way.
“We are thankful for all of the support we have received thus far and we are finally able to start grieving for the loss of such a wonderful human being.
“There isn’t a member of the family that hasn’t been severely affected by what’s happened to Dot, even though we can’t bring her back, the only thing for the family now would be a severe sentence for this man in order to prevent him from being able to do this to another family.”
Prosecutors at the Old Bailey decided against proceeding with a further count of rape.
He will be sentenced on Thursday.