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Second whole-life jail term for Milly Dowler’s killer

Published 24/06/2011 | 13:17

Killer Levi Bellfield. Photo: PA
Killer Levi Bellfield. Photo: PA

Convicted killer Levi Bellfield was given a second whole-life jail term today for the murder of English schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

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Relatives of the 13-year-old, snatched from the street on her way home in March 2002, hugged each other as Bellfield was told he would never be released.

The 43-year-old is thought to be the first person to receive a second whole-life sentence.

He is already serving a whole-life term for the murders of Amelie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell and the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy.

He declined to come to court and face his accusers when he was jailed today - just as he did the last time.

The judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, described Bellfield as a "cruel and pitiless killer".

He said: "He subjected Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old girl, to what must have been a terrifying ordeal, for no reason other than she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and became a target of the unreasoning hatred which seems to have driven him."

After killing Milly, Bellfield dumped her body 25 miles away in Yateley Heath Wood, in Hampshire.

The judge said: "He robbed her of a promising life, he robbed her family and friends of the joy of seeing her grow up into a self-confident, articulate and admirable young woman.

"He treated her in death with total disrespect, depositing her naked body, without even a semblance of a burial, in a wood far away from her home, vulnerable to all the forces of nature."

The judge added: "He is marked out as a cruel and pitiless killer.

"To this is added the fact that, as on another occasion at this court, he has not had the courage to come into court to face his victims and receive his sentence."

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