Man accused of raping and beating OAP, 89, to death in her home pictured


Reece Dempster

reece dempster rape murder dorothy woolmer tottenham london court old bailey (Pic: FACEBOOK/REECE DEMPSTER/POLICE)

Reece Dempster


Dorothy Woolmer was found in a bedroom at her home in Waltheof Gardens, Tottenham, north London, at around 11am on Sunday.

The 89-year-old had suffered “multiple blunt trauma injuries” during the attack, the court heard. 

Reece Dempster, 22, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday charged over her death.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age, his nationality as “English”, and that he understood judge Wendy Joseph QC during the 13-minute mention hearing.

Pictures of him have now emerged as he was remanded in custody by the court. 

Dorothy Woolmer

Dorothy Woolmer (Pic: PH)

“She was a sister, wife, auntie and dear friend to many and will be greatly missed”

Dorothy Woolmer’s family

Dempster, wearing grey jogging bottoms and a grey T-shirt showing a sleeve tattoo on his right arm, sat with his arms folded as he appeared via video link from Belmarsh prison.

Prosecutor Timothy Cray said the alleged attack happened at some point between the evening of Saturday, August 3 and the following morning.

He confirmed the cause of death as multiple blunt trauma injuries.

The 22-year-old was not asked to enter a plea to any of the charges .

(Pic: GETTY)

(Pic: PA)

Dempster faces one count each of murder, rape and burglary, and two counts of sexual assault, court documents confirmed.

He was remanded in custody and will appear before the Old Bailey for a plea hearing on October 23.

Any trial will take place from February 3, 2020 and would be expected to last for up to three weeks, the court was told.

There were no relatives present in the public gallery during the hearing.

Reece Dempster


In a statement released shortly after her death, Ms Woolmer’s family said “She was a wonderful, beautiful woman who was full of life.

“She always had something to talk about and was still hands-on with everything she did despite her age.

“She was extremely self-sufficient and would still cook all of her meals herself and get herself up and down her stairs.

“She was a sister, wife, auntie and dear friend to many and will be greatly missed.”


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