Child killer Huntley handed down two life sentences

Ian Huntley has been handed down two life sentences for the murder of Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Maxine Carr, Huntley's former girlfriend, was sentenced to three and a half years for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. She was found not guilty on two charges of assisting an offender.

Huntley found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey this morning after Mr Justice Alan Moses informed the jury a majority verdict would be acceptable.

The 12-member jury returned an 11-1 verdict of guilty to both charges of murder against Huntley who had denied murdering the 10-year-old girls at his home in Soham on August 4 last year. Huntley had previously admitted one charge of conspiracy to pervert the court of justice.

The jury returned an 11-1 majority verdict of guilty on the charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice against Carr.

Carr, 26, had admitted making misleading statements to police but only to protect her "very controlling" boyfriend. However, she denied helping her former boyfriend in the full knowledge that the deaths had occurred in the house they shared together.

Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, pupils at Soham Village College where Ian Huntley was employed as a janitor and Maxine Carr worked a teacher's assistant, went missing on August 4 year. Their bodies were found two weeks later in a ditch at Lakenheath, Suffolk, 13 miles away from the village.

Both the girls' bodies had been burned and were at an advanced state of decomposition when they were discovered.

The Wells family were reported to have hugged each other after the verdicts were delivered.

Twenty-nine-year-old Huntley had claimed that he was responsible for the manslaughter of Jessica Chapman, but that Holly Wells had accidentally drowned in the bathroom of the house he shared with Maxine Carr.

However, the court found that Huntley had murdered the girls and callously misled police as he went about destroying evidence that the girls had been inside his house. The motive for murders was most probably sexual, the court found.


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