Samuel Dunwoody, 52 from Birmingham, has been convicted of murdering 68 year-old Margaret Telford 25 years-ago.
Dunwoody has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 19 years for the attack on the pensioner in 1988. Mrs Telford, a widow in poor health at the time of her death, was found strangled at her home in north Belfast, after Dunwoody had broken in to steal money. Police say Mrs Telford knew Dunwoody, and had invited him into her home. He was then caught red-handed trying to steal money and is said to have murdered Ms Telford in an effort to get away with the theft.
The case was re-opened when DNA evidence linking Dunwoody was found under Mrs Telford’s fingernails. He pleaded not guilty to the murder, but was convicted by a Belfast jury in just 2 hours. It is said that he later admitted to the offence.