THIS WEEK IN 1978: Woman murdered in her flat in Buckland

A woman was found stabbed to death in the blood-splattered bathroom of her council flat in Buckland, just four days after she had celebrated her 90th birthday.

Tuesday, 8th August 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:39 am

Police described the killing of frail Agnes Jervis as ‘frenzied, bizarre, and without apparent motive’.

Miss Jervis was found by a police constable who broke into her flat through a window after nearby residents had telephoned the police.

Neighbours were concerned about her welfare after not seeing Miss Jervis for nearly a week.

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A postmortem examination revealed Miss Jervis had been stabbed several times in the upper part of her body.

The weapon used, said Detective Superintendent Norman Green, was a bread knife with a 10-inch blade with a serrated edge.

There was no apparent sign of a break-in at the flat and the murder appeared to be completely motiveless, he said.

Det Supt Green was leading a team of 50 detectives who were making house-to-house inquiries throughout the Buckland area.

Three women, aged 17, 18 and 22, were later arrested by Portsmouth detectives and charged with murder.