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

15:41 24 April 2014

Rosemary Shearman

Rosemary Shearman


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.

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