Chilling CCTV shows pregnant woman and her boyfriend 'who strangled pensioner then left her body to rot at home going on massive £13,000 spending spree using 71-year-old's bank card after murder'

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Chilling CCTV shows a couple accused of going on a massive £13,000 spending spree using a bank card belonging to an elderly pensioner they allegedly murdered then left to rot in her home.

Susan Hawkey, 71, was found tied up under a duvet in her flat in Neasden, northwest London on September 26 last year.

Pregnant Chelsea Grant, 28, and her boyfriend Xyaire Howard, 23, are accused of strangling Mrs Hawkey to death after forcing her to give them her PIN number. The couple allegedly targeted Ms Hawkey in a series of street robberies before using her stolen house keys to rob her at her home.

The pair allegedly spent £13,000 of her money, and a series of CCTV clips were shown to the Old Bailey jury of the couple blowing her cash. They allegedly used the card at Poundland, TK Max, Primark and Sports Direct. Perfumes valued at £241 were snapped up from the fragrance department of John Lewis at Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush on September 11 and they allegedly blew another £180 on clothes at Timberland there.

They also made trips to H&M, Clarkes and Adidas in Westfield and allegedly used the card to get taxis, buses and burgers and draw large sums of money from a convenience store cashpoint.

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow has told the court Ms Hawkey had been forced to reveal her PIN number. 

CCTV allegedly shows the pair going on a spending spree with the card taken from Susan Hawkey

CCTV allegedly shows the pair going on a spending spree with the card taken from Susan Hawkey

Susan Hawkey, 71, was discovered tied up under a duvet in her flat in Neasden, northwest London in September last year. Evidence found in her home suggested she was an 'extreme hoarder'

Susan Hawkey, 71, was discovered tied up under a duvet in her flat in Neasden, northwest London in September last year. Evidence found in her home suggested she was an ‘extreme hoarder’

Chelsea Grant, 28
Xvaire Howard, 23

Chelsea Grant, 28 and her boyfriend Xvaire Howard, 23 were charged with murdering the frail pensioner and leaving her body to decompose

‘It was only, we suggest, if she was the victim of considerable violence and aggression that she would have handed over her PIN,’ she said.

‘The ligature around Ms Hawkey’s neck had been tightened with sufficient force to break one of the bones in her neck and the prosecution says she was strangled by one of these defendants in an attack motivated purely by greed and self-interest.

‘They wanted to stop Ms Hawkey so they could spend her money at will. They wanted to stop Ms Hawkey ringing the police.

Police investigated Ms Hawkey's home (pictured) after being alerted by a concerned neighbour. They later found her body surrounded by rubbish after following a 'very strong smell'

Police investigated Ms Hawkey’s home (pictured) after being alerted by a concerned neighbour. They later found her body surrounded by rubbish after following a ‘very strong smell’

‘After they had murdered Ms Hawkey the defendants used the bank cards they had stolen from her to go on a massive spending spree.

‘In the space of just three weeks, they burnt their way through about £13,000 worth of Ms Hawkey’s money – depleting her bank balance from just over £16,000 to a little over £3,000 and using her card on 146 separate occasions.’

In CCTV shown to the jury, Howard and Grant were seen buying groceries at Tesco in Quadrant Court, Empire Way, Wembley, on September 7. At ‘Puma’ in Wembley Park, Howard tries to buy goods worth £417.60 but Grant has to pay in cash when the transaction is declined. They are also seen at Claire’s Accessories, Wembley Park, London, and the Arena Mini Mart in Empire Way, Wembley. 

On September 18 they returned to Westfield, spending £659 on sunglasses and watches at London Time.

After clearing out the bank account, Howard was trying to find out when her next pension payment was going to be paid when he was arrested.

Grant was making searches about how to cover up the smell of a corpse including ‘can you smell a dead body from outside the house’ and ‘is a dead body a very strong smell.’

Grant and Howard, of Neasden, deny murder.

Grant denies three counts of robbery while Howard denied two and admitted one.

The trial continues.




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