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Ilford’s cook ‘murdered his neighbour then stole her bank card for food’

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Jamie Cook

Jamie Cook, 31, of Asthall Gardens, Ilford, confessed to his mother that he murdered his neighbour a few days ago, and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum custodial term of 20 years.

Around 1:30pm on October 12, 2022, police forced their way into an address after concerns were raised about a woman’s welfare. They found the lifeless body of Hilary Round, 67.

Police believe the murder weapon was the cord of a dressing gown in Cook’s mother’s flat, and they describe the attack as ‘completely unprovoked’. His mother lived in a flat directly below Hilary.

Cook was arrested on the same day and police found Hilary’s bank card at his address. During the investigation, CCTV showed him using this same bank card in supermarkets and takeout shops, and he was later charged.

Detective Chief Inspector Jo Yorke said: “Jamie Cook launched a completely unprovoked attack on a woman in her own home. The callous nature of the murder was compounded by the fact he stole a bank card he then used to buy food.”

“He also failed to raise the alarm until almost a week after Hilary Round had died.”

In a victim impact statement, Louise Moseley, Hilary’s sister, said she was “very kind, caring, friendly, helpful and generous. She saw the best in people. She had a Christian faith and very much enjoyed singing in the Seven Kings Gospel Choir.”

“She also loved gardening and would help our mother and her neighbours with their gardens. She wanted to make the world a better place.”

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