Teenager Jailed For Stab Murder

28 January 2011, 14:04 | Updated: 10 February 2011, 15:29

A 19-year-old Essex woman, who murdered a vulnerable and lonely man, will serve at least 18 years in jail.

Daniel Thomas was found dead at his home in Darnley Road in Grays in May 2010 - he'd been stabbed several times and his throat had been cut.

During the 11-day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, Priscilla Scamp admitted that she'd fought with him that day - but never gave an explanation of what had happened or why she did it.

Senior Investigating Officer, Det Chief Insp Dave Peplow, said: "Daniel Thomas was a vulnerable man who befriended a number of young people, relying on them for company and friendship in return for a place to stay or hang out.

"Priscilla Scamp took advantage of him, using his loneliness to her own advantage while lodging with him."

The 59-year-old's body lay undiscovered for a month and police say Scamp never showed any remorse.

Scamp, from Centurion Way in Purfleet, will serve a minimum of 18 years of a life sentence.