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Romford teenager who murdered elderly woman found dead in cell

PUBLISHED: 09:17 26 November 2013

Imran Douglas had been sentenced to 18 years in prison for murdering Margery Gilbey

Imran Douglas had been sentenced to 18 years in prison for murdering Margery Gilbey

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A teenager from Romford who murdered an 88-year-old woman in her bed was found dead in his prison cell earlier this month.

Margery Gilbey, 88, was strangled and stabbed in her bed. Picture: Met PoliceMargery Gilbey, 88, was strangled and stabbed in her bed. Picture: Met Police

Imran Douglas, 18, of Norman Road, was found unresponsive by staff at high security Belmarsh Prison at around 9.20am on November 13 - five days after being handed a life sentence for the killing.

Attempts were made to resuscitate Douglas and paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at 9.45am.

Douglas was jailed for 18 years on November 8 for the attack on bed-ridden Margery Gilbey, who lived in sheltered accommodation, in Sutton Street, Shadwell.

The East End cook, known as Madge, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police caught Douglas using CCTV from the sheltered accommodation block where Mrs Gilbey lived.Police caught Douglas using CCTV from the sheltered accommodation block where Mrs Gilbey lived.

A post-mortem examination gave her cause of death as strangulation and a stab wound to the neck.

Douglas was only 17 at the time he committed the murder which he admitted.

Mrs Gilbey’s son Alan said in a victim impact statement in court: “Part of me still feels like it hasn’t happened, like I’m hoping to wake up from this nightmare and Mum will still be here and everything will be as it was.

“My mother was the centre of my life, having her taken from us in such an awful way has left a massive hole in my life that will never ever be filled.

“How anyone could do this to such a vulnerable, defenceless old woman for no reason I will never understand.”

Det Ch Insp Graeme Gwyn had said after the Douglas’s sentencing: “Margery was killed as she lay in her own bed, in a place where she should have been safe. To see such violence used against a defenceless, elderly lady was truly shocking.”

The Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will investigate Douglas’s death as it took place while he was in custody.


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