BREAKING NEWS: Man in prison for brutally beating Kilham pensioner convicted of murder in Cambridgeshire

Gary Smith convicted of murder
Gary Smith convicted of murder

A burglar already in jail for the brutal attack on a Kilham woman last year has been convicted of bludgeoning a pensioner to death in his own home in Cambridgeshire.

Traveller Gary Smith, 21, formerly of Green Lane, Kilham, and Frankie Parker, 26, attacked retired farmer Llywelyn Thomas, 76, while they were raiding his home in Ely Road, Chittering, on December 17, 2011.

After killing him, the pair left with a number of items including a selection of watches and ornamental eggs.

They stole Mr Thomas’ Rover 75, but it was broken and could not be driven more than 20mph.

They dumped the vehicle in Church Lane, Milton, before going to Parker’s brother’s home in nearby Coles Road where they stripped off and disposed of their clothes before calling Smith’s father, John, of Woldgate, Bridlington, to pick them up.

Mr Thomas’ body was discovered the following morning after neighbours spotted his lights were left on overnight and front door was open.

Detectives made an appeal for information on BBC1’s Crimewatch programme and a £50,000 reward was put up by the force, Mr Thomas’ son Richard and independent charity Crimestoppers.

Meanwhile Smith was jailed for a similar attack on Angela Mayger in her home in Kilham, East Yorkshire, on February 9, last year just two months after the murder.

He battered the 72-year-old woman with her own walking stick before stealing her car. He was jailed for five years for burglary and aggravated vehicle taking at Hull Crown Court, last June.

Parker and Smith were arrested for the murder of Llywelyn Thomas in May, last year.

Parker, of Nene Road, Ely, and Smith, now of no fixed address, both admitted being at the scene but blamed each other for the killing.

Parker admitted robbery but they both denied murder, however they were convicted today (Thursday July 25) following a four-week trial at Cambridge Crown Court. Smith was also convicted of robbery.

Smith’s father, John, 67, of Woldgate, Bridlington, was convicted of assisting an offender by providing a false alibi. A further count of assisting by driving the pair away from the scene was dropped at court.

All three will be sentenced tomorrow (Friday July 26).