‘Roid-rage’ bodybuilder strangled great-gran to death in her own home

A man who took steroids shortly before brutally murdering a woman has been jailed for nine years and nine months.

In what was a random attack, Chase Kelly, 31, mercilessly strangled Mildred Whitmore, 84, to death on June 1 last year, before being found half-naked by police hiding in bushes outside a school.

A worried neighbour called the cops who arrived at her home in College Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, who found Mildred on the floor with her cardigan over her face.

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When found, Kelly had cuts and bruises to his arms and legs and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder.

It had been found that Chase was taking steroids orally as well as injecting them and before the attack, the 31-year-old downed half a bottle of vodka and amphetamines.

Chase discharged himself from George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton earlier after suffering from high blood pressure and at Warwick Crown Court, a nurse said tests showed that Chase had taken 10 times the normal amount of a prescribed amphetamine, for which he was prescribed for PTSD.

On July 26, Chase was jailed for a minimum of nine years and nine months for the crime after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the ground of diminished responsibility.

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Following the verdict, Mildred's family paid tribute to the great-grandmother and scolded Kelly for taking Mildred's life.

They said: “We have no words to describe how Chase Kelly has caused us to feel. Kelly took the life of our mother Mildred in such a brutal way and that loss is unbearable.

“Collectively as a family, our hearts are broken at the thought that we will never see her again.

“Despite this, Chase Kelly can never take away the memories of our caring mother and great grandmother. These memories will keep us strong through the dark times ahead.

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“Our mother Mildred always played a big part in our lives, she was always there to offer love, care, and affection to all."

The family said years of Mildred's life was stolen by Kelly and Detective Inspector Collette O’Keefe, from Warwickshire Police, said: "This was a tragic and senseless death of a much-loved lady, who is clearly missed by her family and friends.

“This has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone who knew her, and Mildred’s family has acted with dignity throughout the investigation and subsequent court proceedings."

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