Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Despicable' Killer Shows No Emotion; 'Monkey' Behaviour Angers Families

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Despicable' Killer Shows No Emotion; 'Monkey' Behaviour Angers Families

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Byline: By Shenai Raif and John-Paul Ford Rojas

BUS stop killer Levi Bellfield was facing three life sentences for the murders of young women yesterday as it was also revealed he is the prime suspect in the Milly Dowler murder.

Detectives will also look at other unsolved murders after Bellfield, 39, was convicted at the Old Bailey of murdering students Amelie Delagrange, 22, and Marsha McDonnell, 19, and the attempted murder of schoolgirl Kate Sheedy, 18.

Now detectives offering a pounds 50,000 reward will interview him over the 2002 abduction and killing of 13-year-old Milly as new links emerged into her death.

Metropolitan police Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who led the hunt for Bellfield, said: "We are looking at other murders which have not been solved."

These include the murder of Judith Gold who was hit over the head in Hampstead in 1990, and Bellfield's schoolfriend Patsy Morris, 14, who was strangled in Hounslow, west London, in 1980.

Later, Mr Sutton said police would now review at least 20 other attacks on women to see if any can be linked to Bellfield.

Families of the two dead girls added to police appeals for help in solving other murders and crimes Bellfield may have been involved in.

Bellfield, who will be sentenced today, showed no emotion as he was convicted.

But later, the families criticised him for his arrogance and for showing them disrespect in court when the judge and jury were not there.

Dominique Delagrange paid tribute to her daughter and said of Bellfield: "This guilty person has showed an unbelievable level of arrogance."

She said he had spent the trial "making gestures, showing an indifferent attitude by winking at us and others or mouthing obscenities at others in court, including family members".

Marsha's mother, Ute, said: "I was annoyed at his monkey behaviour in court. It was particularly insulting to the Delagrange family."

Bellfield trawled bus stops and followed buses late at night looking for young blondes on their own. He would follow them, offer them lifts and, if they turned him down, react with rage. Marsha was struck over the head with a hammer feet from her home in Hampton, west London, after getting off a bus in February 2003. …

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