Search

CPS clerk beat Hornchurch’s Rosemary Shearman to death before attempting suicide, a court heard

15:41 24 April 2014

Rosemary Shearman

Rosemary Shearman

Archant

An elderly widow was beaten to death on the morning she was due to go on a luxury cruise by a Criminal Prosecution Service clerk, a court heard today.

Police outside the victim's home.Police outside the victim's home.

Old Bailey case worker Thomas Blazquez, 51, killed 77-year-old Rosemary Shearman, of Platford Green, Hornchurch, as she waited for a taxi to take her to Dover for a 10-day voyage around the Norwegian fjords.

Blazquez, who has worked on hundreds of infamous murder cases, met Mrs Shearman through his mother’s bridge club.

Prosecutor Mark Dennis QC said: “Having confronted Rosemary Shearman in her living room, frustration turned to anger and then to violence, with matters getting wholly out of hand.”

He bound the victim after she returned home from the hairdressers and forced a handkerchief into her mouth before he murdered her and tried to kill himself, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Rosemary Shearman (left) with friend Charlotte Murphy, Charlotte's sister Sara and Charlotte's daughter Larrissa in WhitstableRosemary Shearman (left) with friend Charlotte Murphy, Charlotte's sister Sara and Charlotte's daughter Larrissa in Whitstable

“It is apparent that, having realised the enormity of what he had done, the defendant had finally resolved to end his own life,” Mr Dennis said.

Mrs Shearman’s body was found by neighbours in her home in September last year.

The court heard she had been beaten to her head and body, bound with tape and rope.

“The neighbours immediately assumed that she had been confronted by a burglar who had attacked her before fleeing the scene”, said Mr Dennis.

“However, whilst awaiting the arrival of the emergency services, they realised to their shock that her assailant was still in the house, apparently hiding in a first floor bathroom.

“When the police arrived and forced open the bathroom door, they found the defendant, knife in hand, having cut himself to his neck and wrist in an apparent bid to commit suicide.”

Blazquez, of Onslow Gardens, South Woodford, admits manslaughter but denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Read more:

Hornchurch pensioner Rosemary Shearman died of asphyxiation - post mortem result

Trial of man accused of murdering Hornchurch pensioner Rosemary Shearman set to begin

Friend speaks of ‘kind hearted’ Rosemary Shearman, found dead in Hornchurch yesterday

Latest News Stories

Prince William handing over John Morris' OBE at Buckingham Palace.

A headteacher has said he is “over the moon” to have been awarded an OBE for his services to education.

17:25
First Step is running a competition where readers can win tickets to its summer ball

Two lucky readers are set to be transported back to the 1920s.

General view of HGV lorries.

Space for 50 tipper trucks will replace some of the old Ford site in Rainham if plans are approved.

Hall Lane, Upminster, has been closed off after a collision this morning.

Two women had to be cut out of a car after they were involved in a collision this morning.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder