Huddersfield woman vows to fight Julie Kenyon’s murder conviction
May 15 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Mum vows to fight sister’s murder conviction
A HUDDERSFIELD grandmother has vowed to battle on to clear her sister’s name – even after a court ruling.
Shirley Green made the promise after a High Court appeal by Julie Kenyon was rejected.
Kenyon, now 53, was jailed in 2003 for murdering her grandmother, Irene Waters, seven years earlier at a flat they shared in Halifax.
Kenyon’s appeal against her conviction was turned down by the Court of Appeal, in London, earlier this week.
In a secret tape recording made in 2001, Kenyon confesses to smothering 89-year-old Mrs Waters with a pillow because her grandmother had asked her to help her to die.
But her sister Mrs Green, 46, of Outlane, is certain Kenyon is innocent and was bullied into making a false confession.
An inquest shortly after her death found Mrs Waters, who had a history of bronchitis, arthritis and a peptic ulcer, had died from natural causes.
Mum-of-four Mrs Green said: “I know nothing happened. She died of natural causes. She was very poorly.”
Mrs Green said Kenyon had suffered a tough life and had been abused and fallen into alcohol and drugs and had tried to take her own life several times.
She said: “Without my nana Julie had no-one. Nana loved and respected her and Julie respected her.
“She didn’t know she was being taped. She said she knew she was being taped to save face.”
Mother-of-two Kenyon, currently at Styal Prison, Cheshire, could be released in five years – but only if she admits murdering her grandmother and apologises.