A MAN who killed a stranger in Thurrock has admitted murder.
Julie Hunt, 47, from Rainham had been walking along A1306 Arterial Way shortly before Friday, April 20 2018.
As she did she was approached by 31 year-old Florin Ion who assaulted her, knocking her to the floor and repeatedly kicked her.
He then made off but was detained by members of the public near the Essex Arena and was then arrested by our officers.
Ms Hunt was treated by paramedics but, sadly, died at the scene.
Ion, of Ipswich Crescent, Birmingham was charged with murder and, at Chelmsford Crown Court today, Monday February 25, pleaded guilty.
Senior investigating officer Chief Superintendent Tracey Harman said: “This was a brutal and totally unprovoked attack which has left an innocent woman dead.
“Florin Ion’s actions have left Julie’s family devastated and he now faces a significant amount of time behind bars.
“He has at least spared them the trauma of re-living the ordeal through a trial.
“I want to praise Julie’s family for their dignity and courage throughout the investigation.
“I always want to thank the members of the public who detained Ion before officers arrived.”
Ion will be sentenced at the same court on Thursday March 7.