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Man jailed for life for killing woman in hammer attack

News   •   Jan 05, 2018 16:16 GMT

[Theodore Johnson]

A man who killed a woman by strangling her with a belt cord and beating her with a hammer has been jailed. 

Theodore Johnson, 64 (25.12.53), of Dartmouth Park Hill, Islington NW5 was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey on Friday, 5 January and will serve a minimum term of 26 years for the murder of Angela Best, 51, from Tottenham. 

Johnson pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday, 2 January.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service were called at 19:35hrs on 15 December 2016 after a woman was found unresponsive at an address in Dartmouth Park Hill.

Angela Best, 51, from Tottenham was pronounced dead at the scene at 19:57hrs.

After attacking Angela, Johnson left the address and drove towards Cheshunt in a blue Nissan Note. At approximately 13:40hrs, he arrived at Cheshunt Railway Station where he remained for over an hour. 

At about 15:15hrs, he made his way on to the train track and was struck by a train which severed his right arm and left hand. He was taken to an east London hospital for treatment to serious injuries.

A post-mortem examination took place on 16 December 2016 at the Whittington Hospital Mortuary. Cause of death was given as neck compression by strangulation with a ligature and blunt force trauma to the head.

Johnson was arrested and charged on 19 January 2017 with the murder of Angela Best.

Detective Sergeant Danny Yeoman, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Johnson is a dangerous individual and the streets of London are now a safer place with him behind bars.

"This was a vicious attack and I hope the sentencing gives Angela’s family some measure of comfort and closure."