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Builder, 43, who beat a woman, 58, he met through friends at church to death in a row over work on her extension faces jail after admitting murder


  • Peter Norgrove, 43, previously denied murder but changed his plea in court
  • Sharon Gordon was found dead in her home in Dudley, West Midlands, in July  

A builder beat a woman he met at church to death in a row over extension work on her home.

Peter Norgrove, 43, admitted to killing Sharon Gordon at her home on Bromford Road in Dudley, West Midlands, on July 20 this year.  

Ms Gordon, 58, was lying dead at the stairs in the property after suffering eight blows to the head, thought to have been carried out with a hammer. 

Norgrove, who was a recently qualified bricklayer, had met Ms Gordon through mutual friends at the church they both attended. 

He had been carrying out an extension on Ms Gordon’s property over many months, and had led to some problems along the way, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard. 

Peter Norgrove, of Sedgley, West Midlands, previously denied murder but changed his plea in court on Monday

Peter Norgrove, of Sedgley, West Midlands, previously denied murder but changed his plea in court on Monday

Sharon Gordon, 58, was found dead by the stairs in the property after suffering eight blows to the head, thought to have been carried out with a hammer

Sharon Gordon, 58, was found dead by the stairs in the property after suffering eight blows to the head, thought to have been carried out with a hammer

Concerned friends discovered Ms Gordon’s body when they called by her home on July 21 after she failed to turn up to work.

She was found with severe head injuries, which had been inflicted the previous day. 

Norgrove was interviewed and told police he had left the property the previous day. But, blood-stained items were found in a bin at a family address and further searches revealed a hammer hidden in a shed. 

Norgrove, of Sedgley, West Midlands, previously denied murder but changed his plea in court on Monday.  

Detective Inspector Damian Forrest, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘This appears to have been a disagreement over work carried out at the victim’s property which has escalated into violence.

‘I am pleased the defendant has pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and spared Mrs. Gordon’s family the ordeal of a trial.’

Norgrove will be sentenced on January 26.



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