Breaking news: Peter Smith found guilty of murdering Skegby pensioner Hilda Owen

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A JURY has found Peter Kenneth Smith guilty of the brutal murder his elderly neighbour at her home in Skegby.

Smith (48) was accused of murdering 71-year-old Hilda at her West Hill home in the early part of 2007. She was found with 48 fresh injuries, including 29 separate injuries to the head and face.

These were consistent with the use of a claw hammer and screwdriver, while injuries to her neck indicated that she had been strangled,

Smith, who had worked for the Department of Work and Pensions, had denied the charge of murder - but at lunch time today a jury at Nottingham Crown Court returned a guilty verdict.

Wearing the same smart three-piece suit he had worn throughout the trial, Smith was expressionless as the foreman delivered the verdict.

But afterwards he put his head in his hands and wept.

He has been remanded in custody until his sentencing which will take place at Nottingham Crown Court at 2.15pm today.

This is the second time a jury has found Smith guilty of murdering Mrs Owen.

He was previously convicted by a jury in 2008 - but this was overturned at London’s Appeal court because of fresh fingerprint evidence.