The daughter of a ‘Good Samaritan’ who was brutally murdered by a man she treated as family told how her death left a “deep and dark hole” in the lives of all who knew her.
Jessica Knight was speaking about her 62-year-old mother Janis Dundas who was butchered as she lay in bed by her porn-obsessed step grandson.
Jack Huxley slashed and stabbed Ms Dundas 28 times with her own kitchen knives as she lay asleep and defenceless.
Both before and after the murder, he used her computer to search the internet for hardcore pornography involving young men and mature ladies.
Huxley, now 21, was jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 21 years and eight months before he can be considered for parole after pleading guilty to murder.
The drug-addled loner, who had never been able to form relationships with girls his own age, turned up at Ms Dundas’ flat, on Atherton Road, Ellesmere Port after being “outcast” by his family because of his behaviour.
Ms Dundas, a 62-year-old retired mental health nurse, took him in “out of the goodness of her heart”.
Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court said: “You were to repay her kindness and common decency in a way which was as inhuman as it was gratuitously violent.”
After cutting her throat and leaving her with three knives in her back Huxley, high on a cocktail of cannabis, mephedrone and vodka, stole her Peugeot, along with her credit card and some money.
He crashed the car nearby before being arrested.
Judge Goldstone said Huxley, whose dad was married to a daughter of Janis Dundas, sexually assaulted her and then murdered her with “massive ferocity” after either being “frustrated at unsatisfactory sex” or because he was “disgusted” by what he done.
He said: “Even by today’s standards (the killing) plumbed the depths of depravity and brutality.”
Huxley’s barrister said he had developmental disorders and was “not wired as other people are”.
He held his head in his hands throughout the hour-long hearing and when he was told to stand folded his arms across his chest and stared at the floor.
Speaking outside court Ms Dundas’ other daughter, Jessica Knight, said: “Janis. Our mummy, a grandmother, sister and daughter. A clever and insightful woman murdered so brutally by a man whom she invited into her home.
“Her murder has left a deep and dark hole in our lives. The sentence imposed in some way reflects the gravity of this crime and gives us some consolation.
“We would like to thank the many people who have worked so tirelessly to achieve justice for mummy. We are extremely grateful to all concerned.
“Our wonderful life has been shattered and all we can now do is try not to let the incomprehensible actions of one man become our focus. Instead, we will try to rejoice in the memories we have of a truly wonderful woman.”
Prosecutor Stuart Lawson-Rogers QC added: “This was a case of a Good Samaritan who was brutally murdered for her trouble.”
“Jack Huxley turned up on Janis Dundas’s doorstep with nowhere to stay and she took him in. She spent most of the day before her death trying to find a put-me-up bed for him to sleep.”