Albert William Goozee was a British murderer
and paedophile, whose crimes inspired the 1996 film Intimate
Relations. In June 1956 Goozee murdered his landlady and her
teenaged daughter in the New Forest, Hampshire. Sentenced at the
Hampshire Assizes, Winchester, to death by hanging in December 1956,
Goozee was given a reprieve four days before his execution was due to
take place and was instead detained at Broadmoor high-security
Released in 1971, Goozee, who had been diagnosed as
a paranoid schizophrenic, was subsequently convicted of several
further violent crimes, and in 1996 was convicted of indecently
assaulting two girls, aged 12 and 13. Sentencing, Mr. Justice Gower
said one of the two cases had been "one of the most serious cases of
indecent assault that I have ever had to deal with."
In October 2009 Goozee again became the subject of
media interest when it was discovered that he had been released on
compassionate grounds into the care of a nursing home for the elderly
in Wigston, Leicester. While there, Goozee began a hunger strike and
refused all food and medication. After developing a blood clot in his
heart and complications from diabetes he died on 25 November 2009. The
coroner recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.
In January 1955 33 year old Goozee, who had served
as a merchant seaman, became a lodger at 5 Alexandra Road, Parkstone,
Dorset. His landlady was 53 year old Lydia Margaretta "Greta" Leakey,
who lived there with her disabled husband Thomas Vincent Leakey and
their 14 year old daughter Norma Noreen Leakey. Mr. Leakey, who had
one of his legs amputated during World War II, was described in court
as living almost a separate life from Mrs. Leakey and the two slept in
separate bedrooms. Within a few weeks of moving in Goozee had started
an affair with Mrs. Leakey.
At his trial, Goozee claimed that he was seduced by
the daughter and had conducted an affair with her also. Having
apparently discovered the affair between Goozee and his wife, Mr.
Leakey left the home for a while, but in early June 1956 returned and
demanded that Goozee leave. Goozee moved out and took up lodgings on
Sunnyhill Road, Parkstone.
On 17 June 1956 Goozee took Lydia Leakey and her
daughter out for a picnic at Bignell Wood near Cadnam in the New
Forest, using the Wolseley car which Mrs. Leakey had purchased for
him. Goozee was later found by the side of the road bleeding from a
stab wound to his abdomen. A short distance away police found the
bodies of Lydia and Norma Leakey.
Lydia had died from a fractured skull and multiple
stab wounds, while her daughter was killed by a single stab wound
which had penetrated her heart. Post mortem examination revealed that
Norma had also been indecently assaulted. The murder weapon, a
double-edged Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife with a 7 inch blade, was
found concealed in Goozee's car. Goozee's injury was later determined
to be self-inflicted.
Goozee was treated at the Royal South Hampshire
Hospital where he was held under police guard. On 19 June 1956 he was
charged with indecently assaulting Norma Leakey and after being
discharged from the hospital on 25 June 1956 he was charged with both
When the case came to trial the prosecution, led by
Norman Roy Fox-Andrews Q.C., elected to proceed on the charge of
Norma's murder only, with the murder of Mrs. Leakey to remain on file.
The trial took place in Winchester, Hampshire. After deliberation, the
jury of seven men and five women returned a verdict of guilty as
charged, and on 6 December 1956 the judge, Mr. Justice Havers,
sentenced Goozee to death by hanging.
Goozee appealed against the conviction, and the
appeal was heard by Baron Goddard, the Lord Chief Justice, Mr. Justice
Cassels and Mr. Justice Lynskey, who dismissed it on 14 January 1957.
Despite the dismissal of the appeal, Rab Butler, the Home Secretary,
recommended Goozee be reprieved on 25 January 1957, four days before
he was due to be executed, on grounds that he had been "provoked
beyond reason", and the sentence commuted to life imprisonment. Goozee
was transferred to Broadmoor, a secure psychiatric hospital, where he
was held until released on licence in 1971, aged 48.
On his release from Broadmoor in 1971 Goozee
relocated to Hawksmoor Road, Stafford, Staffordshire, and took up
employment at the nearby General Electric Company works. In 1973 he
was imprisoned for theft and "going equipped for theft." In 1977 he
was dismissed by GEC when fellow workers, who had learned his identity
in 1975, refused to work with him because of his previous conviction
and his aggressive behaviour. Around this time he was imprisoned for
possession of an offensive weapon after threatening a police officer
with an iron bar.
In 1982, by which time he had moved to Stonydelph,
Tamworth, Staffordshire, Goozee was convicted of wounding a neighbour
after stabbing him with a Stanley knife, and was sentenced at Stafford
Crown Court to 18 months imprisonment and recalled to his life
sentence. In 1985 he supported a campaign for the return of capital
punishment and "volunteered to meet the hangman to take the punishment
originally prescribed for him for the murders of 1956."
Goozee was released again in 1993, aged 70, and
relocated to Chatham, Kent where he was provided with sheltered
housing. It was here, on 25 December 1995, that Goozee lured two girls
aged 12 and 13 into his home where he gave them alcohol and then
indecently assaulted them.
The attacks came to light after the girls contacted
ChildLine, a telephone counselling service for children provided by
the NSPCC. Goozee was tried at Maidstone Crown Court in December 1996
where the jury cleared him of the rape of one of the girls but found
him guilty of indecent assault. Mr. Justice Gower sentenced him to 6
years imprisonment and said that Goozee's "horrifying" record should
be considered if it was felt he should be released in the future.
Predating the newspaper's July 2000 campaign for Sarah's Law, the
News of the World highlighted the case as an example of why the
government should allow controlled access to the Sex Offenders
Register, so parents with young children could know if a sex-offender
was living in their area.
One of the girls' mothers said: "He was put into
the community by the authorities, and none of the parents around here
knew that he was a child killer. When I found out what he had done in
the past it made me feel physically sick. We could have been burying
our kids instead of just trying to rebuild their lives after an
horrific ordeal. I hope he rots." The second mother said: "We should
have been told this 'sweet old man' was really a child murderer."
In 1996, a black comedy film called Intimate
Relations and based on Goozee's murders, was released. Starring
Julie Walters and Rupert Graves, the film sympathetically portrayed
Goozee as a "forlorn young man trapped in a love triangle." Lydia
Leakey's surviving daughter Margaret Haywood criticised the filmmakers
for attempting to "make a star out of the man who had murdered her
mother and sister."
Release and death
In 2009 terminally-ill Goozee was given a
compassionate release and was moved into Cedar Court nursing home in
Wigston, Leicester, where he died on 25 November 2009 after refusing
food and medication. Recording a verdict of death by natural causes,
coroner Catherine Mason said: "As a dying man, his needs were
recognised so much that he was granted compassionate release. He was
permitted to die with dignity in an appropriate setting."
Albert Goozee found dead in nursing home 50
years after New Forest killings
November 14, 2009
A CHILD-killer and paedophile responsible for a New
Forest murder has died at an old people’s home.
Albert Goozee, 86, was sentenced to death after his
landlady and her 14-year-old daughter were found dead following a
picnic near Cadnam more than 50 years ago.
The paranoid schizophrenic was saved from the
hangman’s noose when the Home Secretary intervened. He was sent to
Broadmoor, but following his release in the 1970s, he was later
convicted of other crimes – including sexually assaulting girls aged
12 and 13.
Just last month it was revealed that Goozee was
living in Cedar Court care home in Wigston, Leicestershire, where his
dark past was not known.
A national newspaper claimed Goozee had been
refusing food and lay in his bed clutching rosary beads. He is thought
to have died on Wednesday.
Goozee, a fitter’s mate and former serviceman, had
been lodging at the Alexandra Road, Parkstone, home of Thomas Leakey,
his wife Lydia, 53, and daughter Norma before the killings.
On June 17, 1956, motorists discovered Goozee on a
forest road with stab wounds, leaning over the bonnet of a car. A
trail of blood led to the bodies of his landlady and her daughter.
In court prosecutors told jurors how Mrs Leakey,
who was 20 years older than Goozee, had been his lover, and he had
decided that the only way out was to kill her and her daughter.
In his defence, he claimed Norma had gone to pick
bluebells. He claimed that on her return she had found him with Mrs
Leakey and axed her mother, who went wild with a knife.
Jurors took less than four hours to convict him of
murdering Norma and a second charge of murdering Mrs Leakey remained
The double murders were depicted in the film
Intimate Relations, starring Julie Walters and Rupert Graves, which
caused a storm on its 1996 release.
Albert William Goozee
Lydia Margaretta Leakey, 53, and her daughter Norma Noreen Leakey, 14.