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Step-Grandmother Murder: 'Depraved' Man Jailed
A man who sexually assaulted and murdered his step-grandmother after accessing hardcore pornography has been jailed for life.
Jack Huxley, 20, killed 62-year-old Janis Dundas at her home after she had taken him in "out of the goodness of her heart", Liverpool Crown Court heard.
The pensioner was found in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, by police officers face down in a pool of blood in her bedroom with knives protruding from her back.
Huxley had sexually assaulted Mrs Dundas and then went on to murder and mutilate her as he armed himself with four kitchen knives and a skewer, the court heard.
She was stabbed and slashed 28 times as Huxley launched an attack of "massive ferocity" which continued after she died, the court was told.
It was alleged he tried to "impale" her foot to the floor.
The court heard how Huxley accessed pornography showing sex between young men and mature women in the hours before and after the murder.
Huxley was given a minimum jail term of 21 years and eight months.
Sentencing him, the Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone said the killing "plumbed the depths of depravity and brutality".
The defendant, who had taken a cocktail of alcohol and drugs at the time of the murder, pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday.
Judge Goldstone said Mrs Dundas offered Huxley lodging after he had been made an "outcast" by his family due to his reliance on drink and drugs.
"Within less than 24 hours you were to repay that kindness and common decency in a way which was as inhuman as it was gratuitously violent," Judge Goldstone said.
The judge said that on the night he had been welcomed into the victim's home the defendant did not go to bed.
He said: "Instead you searched Janis Dundas's computer for hardcore pornographic websites - not just any hardcore pornographic websites.
"But those which in some respects were able to satisfy an interest in sexual activity between young men and women of a mature age."
After his arrest Huxley tried to "blacken" Mrs Dundas' character by claiming he killed her in self-defence after she tried to sexually assault and attack him.
He also claimed he had seen a "masked stranger" before he changed his plea to guilty.
Following the sentencing, Jessica Knight, Mrs Dundas' daughter, said: "She was a mummy, a grandmother, sister and daughter, a clever and insightful woman murdered so brutally by a man she had invited into her home.
"Her murder has left a deep and dark hole in our lives. The sentence imposed in some ways reflects the gravity of this crime and gives us some consolation."