A 52-year-old man pleaded guilty today to murdering Mandurah grandmother Margaret Bromley, who was bludgeoned to death at her home in 2010.
Colin Peter Casey, of Coolongup, entered his plea in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate’s Court via video link from prison.
Casey was charged with murder in September last year – almost a year after Mrs Bromley was found dead in the backyard of her Thomas Street home on October 9, 2010.
Police have previously said Mrs Bromley and Casey were strangers and they believe Casey acted alone.
Casey’s arrest followed an emotional plea for information from Mrs Bromley’s family.
Before Casey was arrested and charged, Mrs Bromley’s daughter Evelyn Dawe said the incident had torn her family apart.
“To find out your mother’s been murdered and she died horribly, alone, you can’t normalise that,” she said.
“We’ve lost a mother and we’re losing each other through not being able to move on.”
Mrs Bromley, a widow, lived alone and was last seen alive on Thursday, October 7, shopping at Mandurah Centro shopping centre. Her nephew found her body after relatives were unable to contact her. Police believe she was killed on the Friday evening.
A motive for the murder has not been publicly confirmed as yet.
Casey will be sentenced in the Supreme Court in December.