Man jailed for student’s murder

Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A convicted sex offender who murdered a crime science student after befriending her on a canal towpath has been jailed for life.

David Marshall, 68, was given a minimum term of 20 years and six months after a court heard how he stabbed Eni Mevish through the heart, liver and lungs at her digs in Stoke-on-Trent.

The pensioner, who listened to his sentence at Stafford Crown Court via a prison videolink, pleaded guilty to the 20-year-old’s murder at a previous hearing.

Eni, described by friends and fellow students at Staffordshire University as bright, intelligent and well-liked, suffered 16 separate wounds inflicted with a ten-inch blade.

Judge John Wait was told that Marshall was on licence at time of the murder in November last year, having served a three-year sentence for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Eni, originally from Manchester, is believed to have met Marshall around six months before her death while she was out jogging.

Her killer, of Birks Street, Shelton, was told by Judge Wait that he is likely to die behind bars and will not be considered for parole until he is aged at least 88.

Handing Marshall a concurrent 30-month sentence for wounding a man who tried to halt the fatal attack, Judge Wait told the defendant: “It is clear from the number and position of the wounds that you had an intention to kill.”

Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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