A man who was found guilty of murdering his sister’s friend has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
On Friday, 20 April, Marc Croxson, 48 of no fixed abode was sentenced to life with a minimum to serve 24 years before he can be considered for parole.
He was found guilty unanimously by a jury on Monday, 26 March of murdering his sister’s friend, 51-year-old Rodney Parlour, at the victim’s house on 30 September 2017.
Police were called to an address on Hood Road in Rainham at around 11:30hrs on Monday, 2 October, after a neighbour raised concerns for the occupant.
Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found the body of Mr Parlour.
A post-mortem examination was conducted on 4 October 2017 at Queens Hospital in Romford, and gave the cause of death as multiple injuries. In total 67 injuries were inflicted on the victim.
Croxson was arrested on suspicion of murder on 5 October 2017 and taken to an east London police station, where he was later charged.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who led the investigation, said: “Life in prison is exactly what Croxson deserves for murdering Rodney Parlour who was a frail and vulnerable individual; and London is a safer place with him locked up behind bars.
“He is an extremely violent individual who has years of violent offending history. He showed no mercy to his poor victim, who suffered horrific injuries at his hands; he took away a loved family member and friend to many.”
The court heard about Croxson’s violent past, which included him being convicted of a rape and assault on a female for which he had previously been sentenced to five-and-half years in prison.
When sentencing, Judge Zeidman told the defendant that he did a “terrible thing” and “the attack was carried out with ferocity and lasted many minutes and maybe even hours. It must have felt like torture to the victim.”
The court also heard that Rodney Parlour suffered injuries to every part of his body (67 in total) including 17 fractured ribs.
Judge Zeidman concluded the sentencing by paying tribute to family of Mr Parlour and the impeccable way in which they conducted themselves throughout the trial. He also wanted to make clear that there have been local reports that victim was a sex offender, which he called “wholly untrue.”
DCI Holmes, added: “I would like to echo the judge’s comments as he closed the case in regards to the exceptional way in which the family held themselves through something that has been so harrowing and has changed their lives forever.”