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UPDATE: Bexleyheath knife murderer Nicola Edgington sentenced to life imprisonment

PUBLISHED: 13:01 04 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:45 04 March 2013

Nicola Edgington made repeated pleas to be sectioned. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

Nicola Edgington made repeated pleas to be sectioned. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

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Bexleyheath knife murderer Nicola Edgington has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 37 years.

The 32-year-old former mental patient was found guilty of murdering 58-year-old grandmother Sally Hodkin and attempting to kill then-22-year-old Sally Clark.

She almost decapitated Mrs Hodkin with a stolen meat cleaver in the early hours of October 10, 2011.

It was an unprovoked attack moments after trying to kill Miss Clark with a kitchen knife bought from Asda in Bexleyheath Broadway for which she received a concurrent sentence of a minimum of 20 years.

She did not know either woman.

At the sentencing, John Cooper QC, mitigating, said Edgington was a woman in crisis and had not been given the help she asked for.

The prosecution countered that her actions were deliberate and she was convicted on February 6 after a four week trial.

Judge Brian Barker said Edgington should stop blaming others for her actions and take responsibility.

In an earlier hearing, a psychiatrist told the court that Edgington had been wrongly diagnosed and had a borderline personality disorder not a mental illness.

The family of Mrs Hodkin have since then demanded to know why Edgington was freed to kill again.

They said: “We cannot quite understand how or why Nicola Edgington was released back into society so soon after killing her own mother.

“Her release in 2009 didn’t involve any independent psychiatrists or mental health tribunals; the Ministry of Justice simply followed recommendations from the Bracton Centre where she was being held.

“This cannot have been the right decision.

“It is our opinion that this woman should never be released back into society. The public need to be protected from people like her.”

The incident came six years after she killed her own mother Marion, for which she spent more than three years in a secure unit in Dartford after being found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

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