Cynical motive behind the confession of serial killer?
Levi Bellfield finally admits he raped and murdered Milly Dowler
SERIAL killer Levi Bellfield may have an ‘ulterior motive’ for confessing to the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
That is the view of Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, the senior officer who led the investigation which eventually saw the West Drayton murderer put behind bars.
DCI Sutton said on Thursday: “At the moment he can never apply for parole, for the whole-life tariff he’s got, but there was a move a year or so ago to take the idea of whole-life tariffs to the European Court of Human Rights.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if what he is doing is preparing the ground, hoping that at some point, two years, five years, 10 years, the law changes and he is able to apply for parole, and of course a pre-condition of that would be that he accepts responsibility for what he has done.
“I never thought Levi Bellfield would admit to anything and the cynic in me says there’s a reason. He does everything for reason.”
Bellfield, now 47, abducted, raped and murdered 13-year-old Milly as she walked home from school in Waltonon-Thames, Surrey, in 2002. He was jailed for the crime in June 2011 but previously refused to admit his guilt.
But on Wednesday he admitted ‘the abduction, rape and murder’ to police.
A spokesman for the Dowler family said: “The effect of this information has been devastating for a family which has already had to endure so much.”
The former bouncer, who converted to Islam five years ago and now calls himself Yusuf Rahim, is also serving a life sentence for killing 22-year-old Amelie Delagrange, and Marsha McDonnell, 19, as they stepped off night buses in west London.
He was also convicted of the attempted murder of 18-year-old Kate Sheedy in 2004.
Met detectives suspect he may have been involved in up to 20 serious attacks, including rapes and murders, dating as far back as 1980 and are launching a string of new investigations.
The jury could not reach a verdict on the attempted murder of Hounslow hairdresser Irma Dragoshi, 33, who was battered with a blunt instrument as she waited for a bus in 2003.
The case of AnnaMarie Rennie, 23, who identified Bellfield as the man she alleged tried to bundle her into a car at nearby Twickenham in 2001, also remains unsolved.
It is believed that he may have claimed his first murder victim when he was just 12.
His school friend Patsy Morris disappeared one lunchtime in June 1980. The 14-year-old’s body was found later near her home in Hounslow and her murder has also never been solved.
n: Kate Sheedy was 18 when Levi Bellfield attempted to kill her on her way home from school in Isleworth
n: Amanda ‘Milly’ Dowler, 13, was abducted in Walton in March 2002 – Bellfield has now admitted murdering her
n: Amélie Delagrange was found beaten in Twickenham in August 2004 – she died from her injuries
n: Marsha McDonnell was found beaten in Hampton in February in 2003 – she died from her injuries