21/12/2010

'Crossbow Cannibal' Pleads Guilty

A Bradford University student who branded himself the 'Crossbow Cannibal' has pleaded guilty to murdering three women.

At Leeds Crown Court, Stephen Griffiths, 40, admitted murdering Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth.

Ms Blamires, 36, Ms Armitage, 31, and 43-year-old Ms Rushworth all worked as prostitutes in Bradford.

In May Griffiths, of Thornton Road, was arrested and later charged with the women's murders by West Yorkshire Police after CCTV footage of him attacking Ms Blamires at his Bradford block of flats was discovered by a caretaker at the complex.

The following day Ms Blamires' remains were recovered from the River Aire sparking a major search and recovery operation.

Police were also investigating the disappearance Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth.

Griffiths was charged with all three murders on 27 May.

(BMcN/GK)


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