cowardly killer who beat to loss of life a mother-of-four over a “trivial” row after she let him into her residence has been jailed for all times.
Lewis inflicted a sequence of brutal accidents, together with stamping on Ms Samuels’ head, earlier than dumping her lifeless physique in a cabinet.
He tried to pin the blame on a former accomplice of Ms Samuels, however admitted homicide on the Previous Bailey as soon as proven footage of himself leaving the flat simply after the homicide.
Lewis stayed in his jail cell and missed at present’s Previous Bailey sentencing listening to, saying in a letter: “I’ve chosen to do what all cowards do, which is to cover from my judgment.”
Decide Nigel Lickley QC sentencing Lewis to life in jail with a minimal of 23 years behind bars, condemning him for the “monstrous” killing.
“You subjected Sandra Samuels to a brutal and sustained assault in her own residence”, he stated. “It was a spot the place she was entitled to to assume she was protected.”
He stated Ms Samuels was “a small lady, 5ft 1ins, somewhat over six stone, and he or she used a stick to help strolling”.
“She was a small, slight lady unable to fend off a person of your stature and energy”, stated the decide.
“You subjected her to a horrible ordeal and a really horrible assault.”
The courtroom heard Ms Samuels, a mother-of-four and grandmother, had provided Lewis a spot to remain on a number of events previous to the homicide on August 29 final yr.
CCTV recorded the 2 arriving at Ms Samuels’ residence at 4.50pm on the day of the killing, with Lewis alone leaving round 20 minutes later, locking the safety gate behind him.
He was bare-chested and clutching a holdall in addition to Ms Samuels’ keys, heading to a sq. close by the place individuals who noticed him say he was in a “good temper”.
Police found he had used Ms Samuels’ telephone later within the day, and tried to cowl up his involvement within the killing by washing his footwear.
Ms Samuels’ physique was found two days later when associates raised the alarm. Her physique had been hidden below home goods together with a cover.
Lewis later revealed he had been searching for a few of his possessions at Ms Samuels’ residence, believing that they had been stolen by others, and flew right into a rage when she stated she was too busy to assist him.
He instructed the courtroom she “did nothing by any means to justify in any sense what occurred”.
Lewis has a historical past of violence in direction of ladies, serving jail sentences for a violent theft on two ladies in 2002, an assault with a wine bottle on a pal in 2011, and punching a girlfriend repeatedly in 2013.
When arrested over the homicide of Ms Samuels, he angrily denied involvement and threatened to kill one of many feminine cops.
Lewis, of no mounted deal with, pleaded responsible to homicide on the second day of his trial.