Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ellen's Murderer May Never Be Released

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ellen's Murderer May Never Be Released

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A TWISTED prowler who murdered an A-level student in a sexually-motivated attack has been jailed for a minimum of 31 years.

Ellen Higginbottom was a popular and intelligent 18-yearold from Worsley, Salford, who dreamed of being a doctor.

She was targeted at random by a stranger who pounced while she walked through Orrell Water Park in June this year hours after she was reported missing.

She would idea the coming. didn't stand Judge David Her killer Mark Buckley, 52, will now likely die in prison as a judge warned 'he may never see the light of day again'.

Ellen, a well-respected pupil at Winstanley College, was reported missing after she didn't return home on June 16. Her body was discovered the next day.

A post mortem examination found Ellen died after suffering multiple neck wounds.

The court heard how Buckley had previously been approaching other lone women in the park on the day of the incident. He pounced on Ellen, dragged her further into the park and subjected her to a sustained attack during which the teenager was strangled and stabbed.

Returning to his home in Preston with Ellen's laptop and mobile phone, he later tried to burn his clothes and bury Ellen's body but was disturbed by the police helicopter flying overhead.

have had no assault was She simply a chance Stockdale Michael Hayton QC, for Buckley, said his client had been 'hard working' and in long-term relationships but that he received a 'double blow' of losing his job and his relationship and had taken medication for anxiety and depression. Mr Hayton says Buckley had 'limited memory' of the events surrounding the murder but wished to apologise to Ellen's family and friends for committing the 'horrific' murder. …

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