Man who killed stranger jailed for 28 years

A man has been jailed for 28 years after he stabbed to death a 74-year-old woman he had never met as she walked through a park in Devon.

Cameron Davis, 31, was found guilty of murdering Lorna England in Ludwell Valley Park, in Exeter, in February 2023.

Exeter Crown Court heard victim impact statements from Mrs England's husband Dave and their two children, who called Davis a "cowardly, brutal monster" and "pure evil".

Mr England told the court that his wife was his "guiding light" and "soulmate".

'Breaks my heart'

He said his wife was "kind, with a smile that lit up the room", a "proud grandma" and always "so willing to help others".

He said: "That morning she had planted daffodil and tulip bulbs ready for the spring.

"No punishment that you ever receive will ever be adequate compared to the pain inflicted on Lorna and my family."

Mr England said he had struggled to cope since she was murdered.

“I hate to think what she must have gone through... it breaks my heart the last face she saw was yours”.

Davis had denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

During sentencing, Mrs Justice Stacey said Davis was "wholly responsible for Lorna's death".

She said: “No-one but you is in any way to blame.

“No punishment you receive will ever compare to the pain you inflicted on Lorna's family."

Son Richard described his mum as the most “amazing person - kind, caring and generous in nature”.

He said having to tell his children and sister the news constantly haunted him.

"How could this even be true - what pain, suffering and aggression must mum have endured during her last moments - I had utter disbelief,” he said.

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