Murderer admits guilt

A man who killed a woman by strangling her with a belt cord and beating her with a hammer has been convicted of murder.

Theodore Johnson, aged 64, of Dartmouth Park Hill, in Islington pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey today (Tuesday, 2 January). He will be sentenced at the same court on Friday (5 January). 

Police officers and the London Ambulance Service were called at 7:35pm on 15 December 2016 after a woman was found unresponsive at an address on Dartmouth Park Hill.


Angela Best, 51, from Tottenham was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:57pm.

Following the incident, Johnson left the address – with Angela inside the property – and drove towards Cheshunt in a blue Nissan Note. At approximately 1:40pm, he arrived at Cheshunt Railway Station where he remained for over an hour.

At about 3:15pm, he made his way on to the train track and was struck by a train which severed his right arm and left hand. He was taken to an east London hospital for treatment to serious injuries.

A post-mortem examination commenced on 16 December 2016 at the Whittington Hospital Mortuary. Cause of death was given as neck compression by strangulation with a ligature and blunt force trauma to the head.

Johnson was arrested and charged on 19 January 2017 with the murder of Angela Best.

Detective Sergeant Danny Yeoman, from the Met Police’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This was a vicious attack and I hope the conviction gives Angela’s family some measure of comfort and closure.”

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