Identity of Romford teenage murderer revealed as he turns 18

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The identity of a Romford teenager who brutally strangled and stabbed an 88-year-old to death can be revealed today as Imran Douglas.

The Recorder was banned from naming the youth after the courts imposed a Section 39 Order which prevents identification an offender under 18.

Today is his 18th birthday.

Douglas murdered Margery Gilbey and ransacked her room in the sheltered accommodation where she lived in Tower Hamlets.

She had been living in the first floor flat for just 10 weeks.


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Mrs Gilbey was found dead by a care assistant at the Sonali Gardens care home on May 24.

The teenager faces a life sentence after pleading guilty on Monday to murder at the Old Bailey.

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Speaking at the time of Mrs Gilbey’s death, Chris Munday, director of Sancturary Supported Living, which runs the care home, said: “Margery was a very kind and gentle lady and will be greatly missed by our staff and all who knew her.”

Douglas will be sentenced on November 8 once his defence has provided medial reports.

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