‘Frenzied’ killer handed life term

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Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A taxi driver who admitted killing a woman in a “frenzied” attack with a hammer and a knife before sawing her legs off and burying her at a beauty spot has been told he must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Martin Bell 45, said God had told him to kill 23-year-old Gemma Simpson when she was at his flat in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, 14 years ago in May 2000.

Bell pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility when he appeared at Leeds Crown Court earlier this week.

Today, Judge Peter Collier QC gave him a life sentence and ordered him to serve a minimum of 12 years.

Judge Collier said: “The killing of Gemma Simpson was brutal. Your treatment of her body after death was dreadful.

“But your culpability was considerably diminished by your mental illness.”

Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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