The woman murdered for her 7p

A killer who stole 7p after attacking his victim as she made her way home from church was jailed for life yesterday.

Sertan Balci, a 21-year-old Turkish Kurd who arrived as an asylum seeker aged 12, was convicted of murdering store cashier Elizabeth Amlot, 39, in the early hours of New Year's Day last year.

After their verdict, jurors at the Old Bailey gasped as they heard the 6ft 2in thug had carried out a string of sex ambushes beginning in 1994.

Miss Amlot had been to a party at St Barnabus Church, near her home in Woodside Park, North London, when Balci dragged her into an alley, punched her to the ground and repeatedly kicked her as she tried to hang on to his leg.

He left her unconscious with the mark of the tread of his trainers across her chest. She died a month later from brain injuries. Half an hour after the attack Balci robbed a 22-yearold chef at knifepoint.

Balci was arrested - wearing a balaclava and armed with a knife - in a makeshift camp on a council estate.

Detective Inspector Martin Johnson said after the case: 'He is one of the most evil and callous men I've had to deal with.'