Thug who beat a British grandmother to death at her Spanish villa is jailed for 25 years


A Dutch man who beat a British grandmother to death in her Spanish villa has been jailed for 25 years.

Nicolas Pijnenborgh was sentenced to 23 years for Margaret McNulty’s homicide and two years and 6 months for robbing her of £500.

A decide at an Elche court docket, close to Alicante, jailed Pijnenborgh, 51, after a three-day trial final month during which he was discovered responsible by a jury.  

Margaret’s youngsters Cheryl Edmondson and David Parker had been in court docket for the jury verdict.

The Dutch handyman, who used an assumed identify at the time, did odd jobs for his sufferer and had gone to her home in Granja de Rocamora close to Elche the night time of the homicide to borrow money. 

Jurors heard how the 6ft, 16-stone brute subjected the 8st 9lbs, 5ft-2in OAP to a stomach-turning assault so as to steal simply £500, which he spent with a pal that very same night time partying in bars and nightclubs.

On November 16 2019, Pijnenborgh struck as Margaret’s guard was down in her kitchen after watching her pull a €50 be aware out of a purse the place she saved further money.

 Nicolas Pijnenborgh (pictured) was sentenced to 23 years for Margaret McNulty’s homicide and two years and 6 months for robbing her of £500

 Margaret had emigrated to Spain in 2003 with her husband, who died two years later, from Heysham, Lancashire

Pictured: Margaret’s house within the small city of Granja de Rocamora, close to Elche in Spain

He grabbed Margaret, weeks away from her 71st birthday, around the neck and threw her on the kitchen flooring earlier than punching and kicking her repeatedly in addition to stamping on her head, face and chest.

Margaret, whose second husband died in a motorbike accident two years after they emigrated to Spain in 2003 from Heysham, Lancashire, suffered a number of accidents together with brain trauma, a damaged jaw, a number of damaged ribs, a fractured sternum, a damaged backbone and myocardial rupture.

Pijnenborgh fled the scene however was arrested round two months later and held on remand in jail till his trial.

He made a partial confession following his detention, however claimed he had suffered from reminiscence loss after consuming crack cocaine and alcohol.

Judge Joaquin Maria Orellana Piera, who delivered his sentence in a 51-page written ruling made public on Friday, revealed that Pijnenborgh had been arrested by police for a string of alleged avenue muggings on ladies in Spain between January and February 2018 and had 19 prison convictions within the Netherlands for medicine and weapons possession.

‘The killer was stronger and used the kitchen to guarantee he was ready to perform his crimes. 

Margaret’s daughter Cheryl (proper) and son David (left) had been each in attendance at court docket to witness Pijnenborgh’s conviction

‘His sufferer had no escape as a result of she was surrounded by 4 partitions and her solely means out in the direction of the road was by means of the eating room which her attacker had lined.

‘His assault was so sudden, fast and intense that she had no risk of defending herself,’ Orellana mentioned.

The prosecutor advised the nine-strong jury who sealed Pijnenborgh’s destiny in a gap court docket deal with: ‘The accused, motivated by the intention of ending his sufferer’s life, or at least totally aware of the chance to her life his actions entailed, took benefit of the actual fact her again was turned. 

The lawyer mentioned in court docket: ‘Margaret’s killer was motivated by the intention to receive a bootleg financial profit at another person’s price. He went to her home when he knew she’d be alone.’

Margaret had been solely weeks away from her 71 birthday when she was killed

Margaret’s son David, a 50-year-old course of engineer from Morecambe, mentioned after the responsible verdict on September 17: ‘The final two years have been essentially the most harrowing and hardest of my life.

‘We’ve had to combat from day one to get info on what occurred to my mum and what was taking place with the court docket investigation.

‘We weren’t even advised she had been murdered for almost a couple of weeks and simply earlier than we had been due to cremate her in step with her needs.

‘We ended up having to bury her so that they’d launch mum’s physique.

‘Mum was loving it in Spain. She needed to spend the remainder of her life right here.’

Daughter Cheryl, 49, who lives in Marloes, added: ‘We adored our mum. She was the spine of the household.

‘It makes me sick to understand how badly that horrible, evil man damage mum.

‘I can not perceive how a human being might do one thing like this to one other particular person. 

After the jury’s responsible verdict, Pijnenborgh’s defence lawyer requested the decide to present clemency and sentence him to simply 5 years in jail for Margaret’s homicide and 6 months for robbing her.

As effectively as being jailed for greater than 25 years, he has additionally been ordered to pay Margaret’s grown-up youngsters €120,000 (£101,000) every in compensation.

The complete jail sentence he has acquired is simply wanting the 29-year time period a state prosecutor mentioned he was searching for after jurors convicted Pijnenborgh of homicide and theft. 

As effectively as being jailed for greater than 25 years, Pijnenborgh has additionally been ordered to pay Margaret’s grown-up youngsters €120,000 (£101,000) every in compensation. Pictured: Pijnenborgh (left) is led into the courtroom for his three-day trial final month