Hull, Yorks

Real People - - PEPPA PERIL -

walked past Wanda and Rachel that night as they talked on the drive. The one Wanda had nearly asked to chap­er­one her home. Had he heard Rachel’s mother’s pleas for her not to walk home alone?

Liv­ing on the same es­tate, per­haps he’d seen the strik­ing 6ft blonde woman around.

Ei­ther way, CCTV showed him ini­tially walk­ing a few min­utes ahead of Rachel be­fore then fol­low­ing closely be­hind.

Mud on the back of Rachel’s legs sug­gested she’d been am­bushed and dragged up into Lit­tle’s flat.

There she’d been stabbed from be­hind with a foot-long carv­ing knife. She’d had 27 sav­age blows rained down on her head, back and neck, so fiercely that the knife en­tered her back and came out her chest. At his trial, Lit­tle spun a web of sto­ries while fam­ily mem­bers fled the court in tears over the grisly de­tails.

Af­ter nearly two weeks of ev­i­dence, the jury of six men and six women took eight-and-a-half hours to find Michael Lit­tle guilty of mur­der in Oc­to­ber 2003.

His friend, who he’d cal­lously tried to pin the mur­der on, never faced a sin­gle charge. As the mur­derer was jailed for life, with a min­i­mum of 25 years, Rachel’s fam­ily wept and hugged each other. Lit­tle showed no emo­tion.

If the po­lice were right, Rachel had died in a twist of fate.

If she’d left a few min­utes ear­lier or later, she’d likely never have fallen prey to Lit­tle.

‘I think she’d still be round here every day,’ Ray said, 10 years af­ter her death.

It’s tragic that all Rachel had wanted that New Year’s was to get home. Thought­ful and car­ing Rachel had only wanted to get back to her kit­tens.

They and the rest of her fam­ily and friends are bereft with­out her.

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