Killer ‘called sex lines as body of strangled supermum lay nearby’

A twisted killer murdered an elderly ‘supermum’ who had fostered 50 children before calling sex lines as her body lay nearby, a court has heard.

Gareth Dack, 33, allegedly took a brand new 49-in TV from the home of Norma Bell, 79, after he strangled her with a telephone cable.

He got £60 for cocaine and cannabis, took it with a friend and was then said to have returned to Norma’s home to watch an adult TV channel.

The jury heard, penniless Dack made the sex line calls in the early hours of the morning.

Teesside crown court was told widow Norma, who had three ‘blood’ children and six adopted children, lay nearby with 15 rib injuries, as well as bruising to her neck, as the calls were made.

Her catalogue of injuries suggested Dack had placed his weight to keep her down as he throttled her with a telephone cable.

Her relatives in

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