Chilling text messages helped convict much-loved grandfather's murderer - The Coventry Observer

16th Aug, 2022

Chilling text messages helped convict much-loved grandfather's murderer

CHILLING text messages helped convict a murderer who stabbed a ‘much-loved grandfather’ to death.

Georgina Henshaw sent the threats hours before she stabbed friend Philip Rolph once in the heart.

The 36-year-old was found guilty of his murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

She was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years.

A West Midlands Police investigation uncovered a history of violence and erratic behaviour in Henshaw’s past.

Henshaw, a heavy drinker, slashed a previous boyfriend with a knife and had accused Mr Rolph of attacking her, although she never reported it to police.

On the day of the murder, a ‘panicked’ Henshaw spoke to a friend on the phone, saying: “I’ve stabbed him. What if I’ve killed him?”

At 12.30am on July 6 last year, Rolph phoned his partner and heard him say: “Can you help me, I’ve been stabbed.”

She rushed to the scene and Mr Rolph was taken to hospital by ambulance, but later died.

Henshaw had sent a message to her victim and phoned him following the attack. Police arrested her at her home in Alder Drive, Chelmsley Wood, just round the corner from where Mr Rolph was found on Greenlands Road, a short time later.

The moment was caught on body-worn police video camera. The footage shows how Henshaw claimed she did not even know the 65-year-old was dead.

When her phone was seized, police found text messages to a friend sent just before the attack.

She claimed Mr Rolph had put a knife to her throat in the days leading up to the killing.

One message said: “I’m set up to commit murder.” Another said she was ready to ‘cosh him to death, while another said: “I’m gonna lure him over and ruin him. I might go down for it.”

But after the attack, she sent a message saying: “hey babe, you ok, why you not answering me.”

She refused to answer any questions in interview. A knife believed to be the murder weapon was found in the back garden of a home.

A baton found at her home added to the evidence she was prepared to use violence that night.

Det Sgt Nick Barnes, from the police’s homicide unit, said: “This was a calculated, pre-meditated murder where the text messages recovered from the killer’s phone clearly demonstrated her desire to murder Mr Rolph. She was never shown any remorse.”

“She was arrested around three hours after she’d killed Mr Rolph. At the time, she said she hadn’t seen him that night. This was a lie, and the footage shows her feigning shock and disbelief at his death.”

Mr Rolph’s family released a statement following the verdict paying tribute to a much-loved father grandfather and brother.

It said: “Our lives changed forever when our father, grandfather and brother was suddenly taken from us by the evil action of Georgina Henshaw.

“Our father did nothing more than to help her when she repaid him by stabbing him to death.

“We find some peace in the right verdict being reached in this court case and the person responsible has been convicted of the crime she has committed. However no sentence issued will bring our father, grandfather and brother back.

“Our family has been given the life sentence. We will never get to see our loved one again or share those special moments.”

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