Roger Harriott, a 56-year-old man with no fixed abode, has been handed a life sentence for the savage and meticulously planned murder of his sister, Sandra Harriott. The sentencing, which occurred at Leeds Crown Court on February 23, followed Roger Harriott’s admission of guilt in the May 2023 murder.

The court decreed that Harriott must serve a minimum of 23 years in prison for the heinous act committed against Sandra, also 56 years old. The brutal incident unfolded outside a family member’s residence on Ripon Avenue during the early hours of Friday, May 26.

Details presented in court revealed that Harriott had patiently waited for Sandra to depart from a house. Subsequently, he drove onto the street, positioning his vehicle in front of her at approximately 6:43 am. A vicious attack ensued, with Harriott wielding a long knife before fleeing the scene in his vehicle.

Despite emergency medical intervention at the location, Sandra succumbed to her injuries shortly after being admitted to the hospital. Roger Harriott, taking responsibility for his actions, promptly contacted the police and surrendered himself into custody.

Detective Superintendent Alan Weekes, who led the investigation, said: “This was a dreadful offence, in which a woman going about her everyday business was attacked and murdered in the street in broad daylight.

“Harriott used a shocking level of violence in this pre-meditated attack and inflicted injuries on Sandra which gave her no chance of survival.

“She was a much loved and highly respected woman and her murder is a tragedy for those who knew her.

“Our thoughts are with them as they continue to come to terms with what has taken place.”