Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Coward' Killer Will Die in Jail; Bellfield Refused to Be in Court for Sentence

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Coward' Killer Will Die in Jail; Bellfield Refused to Be in Court for Sentence

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Byline: By Shenai Raif

BUS stop killer Levi Bellfield learned he would die in jail yesterday and was branded a coward for not facing justice.

Bellfield, 39, refused to go to the Old Bailey to hear Mrs Justice Rafferty impose a full life term.

He was found guilty of murdering students Marsha McDonnell, 19, and Amelie Delagrange, 22, and the attempted murder of schoolgirl Kate Sheedy.

Miss Sheedy, the families of the murdered women and police labelled him a coward for not turning up.

The judge gave Bellfield three life terms and told him: "You will not be considered for parole and must serve your whole life in prison."

Bellfield is also the prime suspect for the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the former wheel clamper taunted the families during his four-month trial by pulling faces and yawning at them. But he denied them the final satisfaction of seeing him jailed.

His barrister William Boyce QC said: "He has waived his right to be in court today.

Overnight there has been what some consider to be a quite extraordinary explosion of bad publicity and a welter of accusations of other crimes by him."

Mrs Justice Rafferty addressed Bellfield as if he was in court. She said: "You have reduced three families to unimagined grief.

"Marsha McDonnell was yards from her home in a quiet residential area of Hampton.

Aged 19, she was beaten to the head and left to die on the pavement.

"Kate Sheedy lives due to her own courage and resource. The girl whom you left lying on the road after you had driven and then reversed over her said her goodbyes to her parents as she waited to die.

"Amelie Delagrange came to the UK expecting to be safe. She was beaten to the head and left to die on Twickenham Green during an August night.

"Three young women, upon whom you preyed in the dark as they stood or walked near to or from buses. …

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