Mother was murdered on the doorstep of her home at random in a frenzied attack by a thug who had just recorded sick rap songs about death
- Mother-of-two Charlotte Wilcock, 31, was killed by Anthony Stinson in March
- 15-month-old girl was left alone upstairs until the next day when police alerted
A devoted mother was murdered by a stranger outside her own home as her baby daughter slept upstairs – less than an hour after the killer had recorded sick rap songs about death.
Charlotte Wilcock was sitting on the doorstep of her terraced home when she was set upon by Anthony Stinson, 31, who battered her before repeatedly slashing her with a knife.
The mother-of-two, 31, described by her grieving family as ‘a truly magnificent person’, had never met her attacker before. She suffered more than 50 separate injuries in the frenzied attack in Blackburn on March 3.
Her 15-month-old girl was inside the address and was left alone upstairs until the next day when police were alerted to the killing.
Stinson, a former chef who had been jailed previously for five years for raping a teenager, was due to stand trial for the murder at Preston Crown Court yesterday but changed his plea to guilty and now faces a life sentence.
Mother-of-two Charlotte Wilcock, 31, (pictured) was described by her grieving family as ‘a truly magnificent person’. She suffered more than 50 separate injuries in the frenzied attack in Blackburn on March 3
Anthony Stinson, 31, (pictured) battered her before repeatedly slashing her with a knife
Lancashire Police said: ‘Stinson carried out the killing firstly by kicking and stamping on Charlotte before inflicting multiple stab and slash wounds to her body.
‘He then continued the attack inside , eventually leaving her body behind the front door.
‘When he was arrested, Stinson told officers that he believed he had killed someone, claiming he had been suffering with psychosis at the time and believed he had seen the devil.’
However, as part of the murder investigation, detectives analysed phone records and CCTV, piecing together Stinson’s movements before and after killing Ms Wilcock, who had gone outside for a cigarette.
The force said: ‘Officers found that less than an hour before he killed Charlotte, he had been making rap videos with a friend, with lyrics referring to killing somebody.’
CCTV showed that just 15 minutes before the murder, Stinson had been well enough to make conversation with a shopkeeper while buying alcohol and cigarettes.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Haworth-Oates, of Lancashire Police’s Major Investigation Team, said: ‘Stinson approached Charlotte’s address and, for reasons known only to him, launched a brutal attack on her.
‘He slashed at her body numerous times in the ferocious assault, inflicting well over 50 individual injuries, many with the use of a Stanley knife.
‘Charlotte was merely sitting n her own doorstep having a cigarette. She should have been safe and could never have foreseen what was about to happen.
‘It is clear from speaking to her family that she was very much-loved and her death has left a huge void in the lives of those who knew her, not least her two children who will now grow up without their mother. It is such a needless loss of a life in truly awful circumstances.’
Ms Wilcock’s family had told previously how they had been left ‘devastated and truly heartbroken’.
They said: ‘There are no words to describe the tragic loss of Charlotte. She was a devoted mother who was loved by many – she was our world, our love and our life.
‘As a family, we are grieving and in shock. The hurt and pain we are suffering is unimaginable.’
Stinson’s social media posts include an image of Batman villain The Joker, from less than a fortnight before the killing, with the phrase: ‘Sometimes you just have to remove some people without warning.’
Neighbours of Ms Wilcock, whose house faces a wooded area with a path running through it, said she had lived alone at the property with her daughter for about a year before her death.
One said: ‘I’m just glad her daughter was too young to remember any of it.’
It emerged Stinson had been jailed for five years in April 2014 after raping a teenage girl as she slept after a house party.
The thug, then aged 21, also changed his plea to guilty on the day of his trial in that case, when he admitted ‘taking advantage’ of the youngster, who had been drinking alcohol.
He attacked his victim in September 2013 as she lay asleep on the floor. When she realised what was happening, she screamed and ran upstairs.
The girl described in her impact statement to Preston Crown Court how she had been left feeling humiliated, crying herself to sleep at night.
Stinson is due to be sentenced on Thursday.
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