London: “I bound him, but he was becoming suspicious. The word got around about the gay murders and he was getting a bit worried.”
Emmanuel refused Ireland’s demands for his PIN number, so Ireland killed him anyway with the noose. He said later: “He was a very brave, strong-minded man.”
But this time the police had a clue – grainy CCTV images were released to the press showing the pair at Charing Cross station. Ireland panicked, and gave himself up – but only to say he had left Emmanuel at his flat with another man.
The police, though, could now match the fingerprint found in fourth victim Andrew Collier’s flat to Ireland. Faced with the evidence, he confessed to all five murders.
On December 20, 1993, sentencing him to detention for life, Judge John Sachs told Ireland: “In my view it is absolutely clear you should never be released.”
Ireland nodded to the judge and was led away. As he had told police after his arrest: “I wasn’t forced to do it. I should be placed where I can’t inflict harm on others.”