‘Defenceless’ woman, 93, was battered to death with a walking stick by another care home resident

A man has been found responsible of killing a 93-year-old woman less than two weeks after he moved into the care home she was living in.

Alexander Rawson, 63, was found to have attacked and killed Eileen Dean at a hearing in the Old Bailey on Thursday (November 4).

CCTV footage shown in court captured Rawson walking in the direction of Eileen’s bedroom holding a metal walking stick, hours before she was found with fatal head injuries.

He was later seen coming from the same direction two hours later.

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Eileen Dean was taken to hospital where she later died

Police were called to the care home at 12.40am on January 4 after Eileen was found in her room with severe facial injuries.

Eileen was taken to hospital, where she later died.

A bloodied metal walking stick believed to have been used in the attack was found on Eileen’s bed.

Rawson was unfit to stand trial, leaving the jury to decide whether he was responsible for her death.

He is due to be sentenced on Monday, December 20.

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Detective Chief Inspector Chris Wood, who led the investigation, said: “Our thoughts remain with Eileen’s family who have been through an incredibly traumatic experience and conducted themselves with the utmost respect and dignity throughout this trial process.

“Eileen was a completely defenceless woman whose life was suddenly taken away in a horrific manner. She had already been through a great deal, losing her husband almost 30 years ago, but she was described as a calm, quiet and lovely woman by all those who knew her.

“We hope her children and grandchildren have the space to grieve together now the trial is complete and to remember Eileen for the wonderful woman she was.”

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