The pensioner was found murdered when a nurse at the home noticed that a door she always kept open had been shut.
A teenager who murdered a bed-ridden 88-year-old woman in a care home has been jailed for 18 years.
Imran Douglas was 17 when he strangled and stabbed “defenceless” Margery Gilby at sheltered accommodation on May 24.
The pensioner was found murdered when a nurse at the home in Shadwell, east London noticed that a door she always kept open had been shut.
Looking through the letterbox, the nurse saw a male in the room, and after entering she discovered Mrs Gilby with a stab wound to the neck and the rear window open.
Douglas, now 18, of Norman Close in Romford, north-east London, was linked to the crime through CCTV footage from the care home and arrested the same day.
Sentencing him to 18 years after he admitted murder, a judge at the Old Bailey lifted reporting restrictions and allowed him to be named.
Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn said: “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.
“Only Douglas can explain why an attempted burglary had to end in murder.
“I would like to pay testimony to Margery’s family who have demonstrated incredible dignity throughout this difficult process for them.
“Detectives arrested Douglas within hours of the murder, following the painstaking review of CCTV evidence and fast inquiries.”
Margery’s son Alan said in a victim impact statement: “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.”
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