British man gets life for girls' murders

Dec. 17, 2003 at 3:52 PM

LONDON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A London jury of seven women and five men has sentenced Ian Huntley two life sentences for murdering two 10-year old girls.

The London Daily Telegraph said Huntley, the former caretaker at Soham Village College, claimed Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells entered his college-owned house because Wells had a nosebleed.

The 29-year-old man testified Wells drowned in the bathtub and he accidentally killed Chapman while he tried to silence her screams.

"You murdered them both. You were the only person who knows how you murdered them," the Old Bailey judge said. "Your tears have never been for them, only yourself. In your lies and manipulation up to this very day, you have increased the suffering you have caused the families."

Huntley's former girlfriend, Maxine Carr, was found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

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