Killer fled the scene of a brutal murder by "Boris Bike" after he beat a rich widow to death and burned her in a house fire, the court said
- William Kydd, 54, denies the murder of frail Carole Harrison, 73, with whom he befriended
- The court heard that Harrison was found badly burned in her home in Teddington
- Tom Little, who is indicting, says Kydd left just as the fire started
A murderer fled the scene of a brutal murder by "Boris Bike" after beating a rich widow to death and burning her in a house fire, a court heard.
William Kydd, 54, had made friends with the frail 73-year-old Carole Harrison and may not have had a relationship with her until a few weeks before her death, the jury heard.
Prosecutor Tom Little said: "It was a brutal murder, the prosecutor said, that the defendant committed on a vulnerable 73-year-old who lived alone."
The 54-year-old William Kydd had become friends with the frail 73-year-old Carole Harrison (pictured) and possibly had a relationship with her a few weeks before her death, the jury heard
The court heard that Ms. Harrison's body was found badly burned in her home on Mays Road in Teddington.
The senior had been beaten several times by the accused and may have been detained.
"The defendant had made friends with Carole Harrison in the weeks before the murder," said Little.
"It seems that a relationship between the couple has started. As a result of this friendship or relationship, he had access to her property and was trusted by her.
Kydd was then seen driving off Boris Harrison's house after midnight on a Boris bicycle
"We say he didn't take care of her, he attacked her, and after he did that, he set her house on fire with her and left her dead."
The jury heard that Ms. Harrison lived alone and had bipolar disorder and severe arthritis.
Prosecutors said their home in Teddington was only two miles from Kydd's home in Feltham.
Mr. Little continued: “William Kydd or Billy Kydd was 54 years old at the time of the murder.
"He had a property in Feltham, but it appears that he told Carole Harrison that he was actually homeless."
The couple were seen together in the hours before the murder, said Mr. Little, also at a nearby Tesco and in a park, before returning to Ms. Harrison's house.
Kydd was then seen driving off Boris Harrison's house after midnight on a Boris bicycle.
"The 999 call is made at 00:50 a.m. so that it starts to move away from the fire at the exact time that it conquered the house so that the neighbors can find out," said Mr. Little.
"The charge is that after he attacked Carole Harrison and injured or even passed out, the accused set the property on fire."
Kydd by Gabriel Close, Feltham, denies murder.
The process continues.
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