Yes, it's always a "random" attack, isn't it?
A man who killed an 88-year-old woman as she walked to her Essex home has been detained in hospital indefinitely.
Rosina Waller, of Johnstone Road, Thorpe Bay, Southend, was attacked on her way home on New Year's Day and died from head injuries.
Hassan Salahi, 34, of Cunningham Close, Southend, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Police said her family could take comfort in the knowledge that he had been "removed from society".
Salahi was sentenced under the Mental Health Act at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Mrs Waller was returning home with a relative having celebrated Christmas and New Year with family and friends, when she was attacked.
She carried on home where she was pronounced dead a short while later.
Det Supt Tracy Hawkings, from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate, said: "This case has had a devastating effect on the family and friends of Mrs Waller.
"She was the victim of a horrific and unprovoked random attack at the hands of Hassan Salahi.
"While nothing will ease the pain of her family in coming to terms with her loss, I hope that the order will provide them with some small comfort in the knowledge that her killer has been removed from society."
They forgot to tell us how "rare" such things are, too.
Not as rare as they once might have been, obviously, but still.
Unfortunately I am not brought any comfort by the fact that Salahi has been detained indefinitely; for I am troubled by such uncouth questions as:
What was this individual doing here in the first place? If we had a sane immigration policy that wasn't afraid to identify objective facts, might Mrs Waller and countless others still be alive or have their shattered lives intact?
Not very politically correct of me, I grant you, but shouldn't someone somewhere be asking such questions?
Oddly, seeing as many members of the public will see the sentence as something of a cop out, the BBC was very sketchy with facts surrounding the case.
Here is their initial report from January 2010, when the incident occurred, which gives us a slightly better idea of what Salahi was responsible for:
The body of Rosina Waller, of Johnstone Road, Thorpe Bay, Southend, was discovered by police. She had died from head injuries.
A 64-year-old man was found injured in the house. He was taken to Southend General Hospital for treatment.
Hassan Salahi, 34, of Cunningham Close, Southend, appeared before magistrates earlier charged with murder.
He is also charged with attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary, in connection with the incident.
Now, who was it who said that diversity is one of our greatest strengths again?