Bilston man convicted of murdering his grandmother

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A man from Bilston has been convicted of murdering his grandmother.

Gregory Irvin

Gregory Irvin

Gregory Irvin stabbed 74-year-old Anne James in the chest and back more than 30 times during a frenzied attack in Doveridge Place, Highgate, on 28th February.

Her body was found by a neighbour who alerted detectives who soon made the 26-year-old their prime suspect after CCTV showed he had parked in the area and walked towards his grandmother’s house. He was caught again on camera walking back around 15 minutes later.

DNA and blood samples from his Mini car and jacket also linked Irvin to the crime.

Birmingham Crown Court was told he had previously requested money from his grandmother after racking up debts of around £35,000 and developing a gambling addiction and cocaine habit.

Irvin, of Bilboe Road, Bilston, was convicted of murder following a trial lasting a week and a half. He has been remanded in custody to be sentenced on 29th October.

Ann James

Ann James

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison said: “This was a despicable crime by a compulsive liar, who shunned and manipulated the love and support offered by his family.

“By killing his grandmother he has destroyed their lives and has rightly been convicted of murder.

“This was someone Mrs James would have trusted as her grandson and who had always been welcomed into her home.

“My thoughts remain with the family and I truly hope they can move on and rebuild their lives.”

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