November 2009

Child killer Goozee dies

A CHILD-killer and paedophile from Poole has died at an old people’s home.

Albert Goozee, 86, was sentenced to death after his landlady and her 14-year-old daughter were found dead following a picnic in the New Forest more than 50 years ago.

The paranoid schizophrenic was saved from the hangman’s noose when the Home Secretary intervened. He was sent to Broadmoor, but following his release in the 1970s, he was later convicted of other crimes – including sexually assaulting girls aged 12 and 13.

Just last month it was revealed that Goozee was living in Cedar Court care home in Wigston, Leicestershire, where his dark past was not known.

A national newspaper claimed Goozee had been refusing food and lay in his bed clutching rosary beads. He is thought to have died on Wednesday.

Goozee, a fitter’s mate and former serviceman, had been lodging at the Alexandra Road, Parkstone, home of Thomas Leakey, his wife Lydia, 53, and daughter Norma before the killings. (pic below)

On June 17, 1956, motorists discovered Goozee on a forest road with stab wounds, leaning over the bonnet of a car. A trail of blood led to the bodies of his landlady and her daughter.

In court prosecutors told jurors how Mrs Leakey, who was 20 years older than Goozee, had been his lover, and he had decided that the only way out was to kill her and her daughter.

In his defence, he claimed Norma had gone to pick bluebells. He claimed that on her return she had found him with Mrs Leakey and axed her mother, who went wild with a knife.

Jurors took less than four hours to convict him of murdering Norma and a second charge of murdering Mrs Leakey remained on file.

The double murders were depicted in the film Intimate Relations, starring Julie Walters and Rupert Graves, which caused a storm on its 1996 release.