Gibbon convicted of Alison Morrison murder

Gibbon convicted of Alison Morrison murder

Satellite engineer Trevor Gibbon has been found guilty of the murder of former children's publisher Alison Morrison.

Gibbon, Morrison's neighbour, had admitted killing her in a knife attack in a street in Harrow in December 2014, but had pleaded not guilty to murder on the basis he was "suffering from an abnormality of mental functioning". However an Old Bailey jury has unanimously convicted him of her murder, reports the Daily Mail.

Family members were said to have applauded in court when the verdict was read out.

The murder occurred shortly after Morrison had obtained a restraining order against Gibbon, whom she said had given her "constant, unending harassment" after a dispute sparked by her son's noisy skateboard. In handwritten notes, she had stated: "It felt like I was being stalked, that any time [my husband] Cedric or my son left or returned to the house he was waiting and watching for us and planning what he would do next." She was killed on her way to work in an attack in which Morrison stabbed her 33 times.

In a statement following today's guilty verdict, Morrison's husband said: "On the morning of 18th December 2014, my beautiful wife Alison Morrison was viciously taken from Kori [her son] and I. It has left an enormous hole that will never be filled.

"Alison was my best friend, my soulmate, the soul of our home and the breadwinner to the household. Alison's death will always be beyond my comprehension because she died for nothing in the cruellest way possible at the hands of our neighbour. A bright light has been extinguished forever."

Gibbon is yet to be sentenced.

Morrison worked at Penguin, Egmont and Walker before moving to Which? in 2007. She was also co-founder of the Diversity in Publishing Network (Dipnet, now EQUIP) and chair of Book Trust's board of trustees from 2005 to 2007.

After her death a fundraising page set up in her honour raised more than £2,000 for Book Trust, while the Independent Publishers Guild's diversity award was renamed the Alison Morrison Diversity Award.