A JURY took less than an hour to find Raymond Kay guilty of the brutal murder of elderly Amy Shepherd in 1994.

The jury of eight men and four women took just 50 minutes to return a verdict of guilty against Kay, 70, of Baker Fold, Halifax.

Almost 25 years ago Kay exploited 86-year-old Amy Shepherd's trust to enter her sheltered accommodation in Folly Hall Gardens, Wibsey, on August 2, 1994.

While in there, he strangled Ms Shepherd using her own tea towel, before sexually assaulting her and finally killing her by stabbing her in the throat. He then stole money, a watch and her jewellery, and had evaded capture for more than two decades.

Following the verdict, The Honourable Justice Finola O'Farrell DBE thanked the jury for their time and patience during the trial.

Kay, who stood emotionless in the dock wearing blue jeans, a blue top and black leather jacket, will be sentenced this afternoon at Bradford Crown Court.