Assistant clubbed her former boss to death, court hears

The former manager of the Ramones was murdered by her personal assistant, a court in New York has heard.

28-year-old Natavia Lowery is said to have stolen $30,000 (£19,500) from Linda Stein in 2007, before bludgeoning her to death in an attempt to hide the theft.

Lowery, who allegedly used a piece of exercise equipment to club her former boss to death, was found guilty of second-degree murder with jurors taking less than a day to reach their verdict, reports BBC News.

As well as managing the Ramones up until 1980, the ex-wife of the Sire Records supremo, Seymour Stein was also responsible for looking after the likes of Madonna and Sting.

Her body was found in her Manhattan apartment in October 2007, having suffered multiple blows to both the head and neck. Lawyers defending Lowery – who at first denied any knowledge of the incident before handing over a videotaped account of the murder – stated that the police had forced their client into a false confession, but failed to convince the jury.

Lowery is yet to be sentenced.