Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pure Evil; Sex Offender Who Killed a Mum and Her Girl, 10

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pure Evil; Sex Offender Who Killed a Mum and Her Girl, 10

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Byline: JOANNA DESIRA

A FORMER soldier who murdered a woman and her young daughter had been convicted of indecent assault against a 10-year-old girl on Teesside, it has emerged.

Thomas Bernie Smith, 26, has been branded as "evil personified" by the family of his victims Diane Fallon and her 10-year-old daughter Holly.

Smith, 26, was jailed yesterday for a minimum of 32 years for the horrific attacks he carried out in Ayrshire, Scotland, last year.

In May 2006 he was convicted of indecent assault at Teesside Crown Court.

Now a review is under way into his management as a known sex offender.

Last year he tied his victims up, raped Holly and bit Mrs Fallon's body before strangling them at a house in the village of Cronberry, near Cumnock. The mum and daughter disappeared on March 28 after visiting a village fete. Their bodies were found 11 days later.

Smith lived next door to his victims at the time he launched his attack.

At the High Court in Glasgow, he was sentenced to life in prison for both of the murders and was told he must serve 32 years before being considered for parole. …

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