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Freed Sussex mum-killer murdered a stranger
10:10am Friday 8th February 2013 in News
A lo;;er freed after stabbing her East Sussex mother to death was yesterday (February 7) found guilty of murdering an innocent stranger.
Nicola Edgington, 32, pinned grandmother Sally Hodkin, 58, to the ground and slashed her throat with a butcher’s knife, virtually decapitating her, in Bexleyheath in London.
Moments earlier she had attacked artist Kerry Clark, 22, at a bus stop but fled when she was disarmed. Edgington, of Greenwich, south-east London, was found guilty of murder and attempted murder by a jury at the Old Bailey.
The prosecution said she was suffering from a borderline personality disorder and her actions were deliberate.
But the defence argued that she was mentally ill with schizophrenia and her responsibility was diminished.
In 2006 Edgington was ordered to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act for killing her mother Marion, 60, in 2005. She stabbed her nine times after returning to the rural family home in Forest Row.
In 2009 Edgington was released to live in the community while being monitored by a doctor, nurse and social worker.
But as her private life began to unravel, Edgington was unable to cope as she stopped taking her medication.
Her mother had chillingly predicted her death at the hands of her “wayward” daughter. The regular churchgoer had lived in fear of Edgington and had cut her out of her will because she was so worried about her mental state.
Just days before, she wrote to social services stating: “She is the most unstable I have ever known her to be and for the longest period too
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