Cyn­i­cal mo­tive be­hind the con­fes­sion of se­rial killer?

Levi Bell­field fi­nally ad­mits he raped and mur­dered Milly Dowler

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Nathan Spen­de­low nathan.spen­de­low@trin­i­tymir­

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

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