Con­victed mur­derer ‘or­dered by God’ to kill fel­low pris­oner

IN­MATE HANDED A FUR­THER LIFE SEN­TENCE

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A CON­VICTED mur­derer from Hayes has been given a fur­ther life sen­tence af­ter the mur­der of a fel­low pris­oner, which he claimed was “or­dered by God”.

Billy White mur­dered his part­ner by stab­bing her through the neck as she slept at their home in 2015 and was sent to Long Lartin prison, in Worces­ter­shire, where he mur­dered fel­low in­mate Brett Rogers.

The 24-year-old Chris­tian and Gary Lind­ley, a Mus­lim, tried to “snap” Rogers’ neck and then smoth­ered him with a pil­low when he did not ap­pear to be dead.

White and Lind­ley prayed af­ter the pre-planned killing of Rogers, who was serv­ing 32 years for mur­der­ing his mother and her friend. They be­lieved the killing would “ex­or­cise a de­mon” from him and “cleanse” him of his crimes.

Worcester Crown Court was told staff at HMP Long Lartin were then handed a note by Lind­ley say­ing the killers had de­cided to “free” their vic­tim from “dark­ness”.

The note reads: “I was or­dered by the Lord My God to free Brett Rogers. I know you will not see it this way but that is be­tween you and God. I am of sound mind. Please can I speak to the Gov­er­nor.”

White had been jailed for at least 15 years at the Old Bai­ley in May 2016 while Lind­ley, aged 42, was serv­ing an in­de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence af­ter be­ing jailed at Not­ting­ham Crown Court in 2007 for his part in a vi­o­lent dis­trac­tion bur­glary.

The men were cap­tured on CCTV en­ter­ing Rogers’ cell at 3.21pm on June 7 and leav­ing the cell at 3.54pm. His body was dis­cov­ered by prison of­fi­cers af­ter he failed to turn up to col­lect medicine.

It was the fourth mur­der at the Worces­ter­shire prison in five years.

Judge Robert Juckes QC ruled that the pris­oner’s mur­der had not been com­mit­ted in the “fur­ther­ance of a re­li­gious cause”.

Both men had pleaded guilty to the mur­der at a pre­vi­ous hear­ing and ad­mit­ted to hav­ing de­cided to kill Rogers a week be­fore his death.

White told po­lice that af­ter killing Rogers he used a blue marker to draw yin and yang signs on the man’s cheek.

The judge or­dered Lind­ley to serve a min­i­mum term of 17-and-ahalf years for killing Rogers and gave a fur­ther life sen­tence to White on Mon­day.

The judge said: “This is his sec- ond of­fence of mur­der. This was a de­ter­mined and pre­med­i­tated killing of a par­tic­u­larly cruel kind of a man in his own cell by two men who over­pow­ered him. They picked on him be­cause of what they had come to believe about him.”

Billy White (left) and Gary Lind­ley

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