Double-killer, 61, who was jailed in 1995 was released on license in 2020 – and then beat his 73-year-old neighbour to death

  • Lawrence Bierton was jailed for life in 1996 for killing two sisters in Rotherham
  • But the 61-year-old was released from prison on license on May 11, 2020
  • Court heard he killed his elderly neighbour in Worksop, Notts., last year
  • He pleaded guilty to her murder and theft of car keys at Nottingham crown court
  • Bierton was warned he faced a whole-life term when sentenced on June 10

Lawrence Bierton, 61, faces a possible whole life jail term after murdering a pensioner while out on licence from his sentence to killing two other elderly women in 1995

A convicted double killer serving a life sentence was allowed out on licence – only to murder a third pensioner the following year.

Lawrence Bierton, 61, yesterday pleaded guilty to murdering his neighbour, Pauline Quinn, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, on November 9, 2021.

Ms Quinn, a 73-year-old grandmother, died of a fractured skull that resulted from ‘a number of blows’ with a ‘degree of force’, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Bierton was arrested 30 miles away from their street the next morning. It was heard that he had been driving Pauline’s car.

Bierton, of Rayton Spur, Worksop, was jailed for life in May 1996 but was released from prison on 11 May 2020.

He was previously found guilty of killing sisters Aileen Dudhill, 79, and Elsie Gregory, 72, at their home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, on June 25, 1995.

No further details of Mrs Quinn’s murder were heard in court today, but are likely to be outlined when Bierton is sentenced on June 10.

Bierton, appearing via video link from HMP Manchester, pleaded guilty to Mrs Quinn’s murder and the theft of her car keys.

Judge Gregory Dickinson QC, the Recorder of Nottingham, asked a probation officer on the link: ‘Am I correct to assume he was living at the address either with direction or permission of those responsible for supervising his life licence?’

The probation officer said she understood probation were aware of his address.

Pauline Quinn, a 73-year-old grandmother, died of a fractured skull in November last year, Nottingham Crown Court heard

Pauline Quinn, a 73-year-old grandmother, died of a fractured skull in November last year, Nottingham Crown Court heard

The judge asked for a report to explain how it was Bierton came to be living next door to Mrs Quinn.

Judge Dickinson said: ‘It seems highly likely or inevitable the sentencing judge will want to know more about it’.

Another report, from an offender management unit, was requested to deal more generally with Bierton’s performance and compliance with the conditions of his parole licence.

The judge said an inquest would look at other wider issues.

No further details of Mrs Quinn's murder were heard in court today, but are likely to be outlined when Bierton is sentenced on June 10. Pictured: Nottingham Crown Court

No further details of Mrs Quinn’s murder were heard in court today, but are likely to be outlined when Bierton is sentenced on June 10. Pictured: Nottingham Crown Court

After the guilty plea, Detective Inspector Steve Wragg, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Pauline’s tragic death devastated her family and shocked her friends and neighbours in their community.

‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences remain with them and I hope today’s guilty pleas bring some degree of closure for them.

‘I am pleased Bierton decided to plead guilty which has spared Pauline’s family having to go through the emotional ordeal of a trial.’

In a previous statement, Mrs Quinn’s family said: ‘The whole family is totally in shock. Pauline was so full of joy and we just can’t believe what has happened.’ 

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