Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

THE FACE OF ACCUSED KILLER; Picture of Death Charge Man, 32 Warning Follows Teen Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

THE FACE OF ACCUSED KILLER; Picture of Death Charge Man, 32 Warning Follows Teen Tragedy

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Byline: SARAH JUDD ;JOHN SUTTON

THIS is the face of registered sex offender Peter Chapman, charged with the kidnap and manslaughter of teenager Ashleigh Hall.

Shaven-headed Chapman, 32, who is understood to have grown up on Teesside before leaving home as a teenager, is believed to have met 17-year-old Ashleigh on social networking website Facebook.

The shocking circumstances of the popular Darlington College pupil's tragic death prompted her heartbroken mum to issue a stark warning about the perils of the internet. Speaking as her daughter's alleged killer appeared in the dock for the first time yesterday, devastated Andrea Hall, 39 warned: "Tell your kids to be careful on the internet." "Don't meet someone without telling your family where you are going. Don't trust anybody and don't put your children on Facebook. or other sites if they are under age." Caring Ashleigh left her home in Darlington at 7pm on Sunday after telling Andrea she planned to stay overnight at a friend's house. But friends from college, where Ashleigh was in the final year of a childcare course, say she had told them she had a secret date with a 16-year-old boy she had met on Facebook. It is believed the mystery boy was Chapman who had allegedly posed as a teenager to persuade Ashleigh to meet him. Chapman was arrested on Monday after he was pulled up for driving with no insurance near Sedgefield. Police say he then led them to a ditch on farmland close to where his car was stopped. It was there that Ashleigh's fully-clothed body was discovered.

The cause of her death is yet to be established. Drifter Chapman, who has 144 friends on his own Facebook. page - all of them women - kept his head bowed as he appeared before Newton Aycliffe magistrates yesterday. Flanked by two security guards, the alleged killer, wearing a baggy white T-shirt spoke only to confirm his name and homeless status. …

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