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Killer gets life

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-06-28

Anne Mendel

Anne Mendel

An 18-year-old women has been found guilty of killing a Jewish senior citizen during a burglary in Golders Green, north west London in March 2005 has been given a life sentence.

84-year-old Anne Mendel was stabbed 14 times by former neighbour Kemi Adeyoola who was 17 at the time and the prosecution said Adeyoola used Mrs Mendel as practice for her plan to kill wealthy elderly women and steal their money in order to make £3m.

"You are a remorseless and cold-blooded killer who is a danger to the public," said Judge Richard Hone who passed sentence on Adeyoola.

"This was, it is very unpleasant to contemplate, a dry run, an experiment to kill a woman she knew, an easy target - let's see how it is done," said Sir Allan Green QC, prosecuting.

A forensic examination at Mrs Mendel's house revealed evidence of Adeyoola's DNA which enabled police to track her down.

Mrs Mendel, was found by her husband Leonard, 81, following some errands he did in the morning of her murder.

Adeyoola tried to use an elaborate false alibi to claim she played no part in the murder of the pensioner involving other people.

"This was a premeditated murder which shows an unusual level of violence in a girl so young. Not only did Adeyoola plan and carry out the murder of a defenceless old lady but went to extraordinary lengths to try to conceal her crime with the full compliance of a 16-year-old girl," said "detective Steve Morris. "Anne Mendel was well known among the Jewish community in Golders Green where she had many friends. My sympathy goes out to her family at this time."

The family of Mrs Mendel issued a statement expressing their support for the police in finding the killer. "We are anxious to express our gratitude to all those concerned with attempting to bring about justice. Although nothing can bring Mrs Mendel back to us we sincerely hope that no-one else will have to endure such a terrible experience."