A man has been told he will serve at least 30 years in jail for murdering two care home residents as they lay helpless in their beds.
Twenty-year-old Nathan Mann crept into Hayes Park Nursing Home, on the outskirts of Leicester, through an unlocked window. He found himself in the shared bedroom of 56-year-old Mrs. Rashmi Badiani and Mrs. Radhaben Chauhan, aged 72.
In an unprovoked attack, he beat Mrs. Badiani to death with his fists before suffocating Mrs Chauhan with either a pillow or bedlinen, Nottingham Crown Court was told.
Mann, of Avonside Drive, Rowlatts Hill, Leicester, pleaded guilty to both murders and was told by the judge, Mr. Justice McCombe, that his starting point for the prison term would be 30 years. Mann will be sentenced on July 30 after the preparation of medical reports.
Police believe that he broke into the home at about 11.30pm on November 6 last year. Both women were found in their beds at 3.50am the following morning during a routine check by staff. The prosecution said that there was evidence of “sexual conduct.”
The court heard that Mann refused to speak to detectives throughout the inquiry and had told his solicitors he had been burgling the home, but nothing was stolen.
Paul Mann QC, defending, said that Nathan Mann had displayed “very strange behaviour” to relatives at the time of the killings: “In layman’s terms he certainly showed signs of being ‘a mixed-up kid,’” he said.
Mann – who was described by police after the hearing as “a violent and dangerous individual” – wore jeans and a blue-hooped sweater in the dock as the victims families looked on.
No-one was available for comment from the nursing home following the hearing yesterday.