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US News Serial killer jailed for 26 years

17:20  05 january  2018
17:20  05 january  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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A serial wife killer has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years after beating his former girlfriend over the head with a hammer. Johnson was jailed today for beating a former girlfriend over the head with a hammer and throttling her with a dressing gown cord. Credit: PA.

Serial wife killer Theodore Johnson was jailed for a minimum of 26 years at the Old Bailey for the murder of Angela Best.

Theodore Johnson © PA Theodore Johnson

A killer with a history of violence towards women has been jailed for 26 years after admitting the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Theodore Johnson murdered mother-of-four Angela Best, on 15 December 2016 at his flat in north London.

Ms Best, 51, was found dead in his living room, having been hit over the head with a claw hammer and throttled with her dressing gown belt.

After he killed her, Johnson, 64, threw himself under an express train at Cheshunt station.

He survived, but was left wheelchair-bound with his injuries.

:: Triple killer murdered ex-partner with hammer after she started new relationship Ms Best's body was discovered by officers searching his flat as he was treated in hospital.

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Valerie Archibold (left) and Lorraine Jones (right), the sisters of Angela Best, speak to the media outside the Old Bailey, London, after serial killer Theodore Johnson was jailed for a minimum term of 26 years for murdering his former partner Best (Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images).

Serial wife killer Theodore Johnson was jailed for a minimum of 26 years at the Old Bailey for the murder of Angela Best.

Johnson had attacked her because she had started a new relationship after they broke up. In his sentencing, it was revealed that Johnson had kept his relationship with the grandmother a secret from authorities, and hadn't told her about his past.

She discovered letters about it and confronted him. Sentencing him to 26 years in prison, Judge Richard Marks QC said: "The attack by you on Angela Best was sustained, vicious and utterly brutal.

She suffered an unimaginably terrible death." Johnson had been jailed twice before for the manslaughter of two other women, who were his previous partners.

In November 1981, he was convicted by a jury of killing his wife Yvonne Johnson. He hit her over the head with a vase before pushing her over the balcony of their ninth-floor flat in Wolverhampton.

In March 1993, he was convicted of killing his partner Yvonne Bennett, with whom he had a child. He strangled her with a belt after he discovered she had an affair.

Johnson had been released from a psychiatric unit before he met Ms Best.

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