Prolific thief jailed for 1998 ‘double jeopardy’ murders
A serial burglar has been sentenced to life for the murders of two pensioners during break-ins in 1998.
Michael Weir, 53, of Hackney, was convicted at the Old Bailey, 21 years after the killings, in a unique double jeopardy case.
He violently assaulted 78-year-old war veteran Leonard Harris and mother-of-three Rose Seferian, 83, during two burglaries five weeks apart in 1998.
Weir will serve a minimum term of 30 years in prison.
During the attacks, Weir stole a signet ring and gold watch from Harris and ripped diamond rings from Seferian’s fingers, jurors heard.
Connections between the two deaths were not made at the time, after police failed to match Weir’s palm print to one recovered from Harris’s flat in East Finchley, north London.