Two life sentences for Huntley

Evil school caretaker Ian Huntley has been jailed for life for the brutal murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

As he faced up to serving the rest of his life behind bars, Mr Justice Moses told him: "You are the only person who knows how you murdered them." He said Huntley "showed no regret" after the murders and had increased the suffering of his victims' families with his lies and deceit.

Huntley's accomplice, former fiancee Maxine Carr was sentenced to three and a half years for conspiring with Huntley to pervert the course of justice. She will serve half that sentence and time in custody will be taken into account.

Addressing Huntley the judge said: "You murdered them both, you were the only person who knows how you murdered them."

The judge said Huntley had shown "persistent cruelty" and "merciless cynicism". He said: "Your tears have never been for them, only for yourself. In your lies and manipulation up to this very day you have increased the suffering you have caused the two families."

Addressing Maxine Carr he said: "You had plenty of opportunity to refuse to persist in a course of lying and deception. You chose not to. If you had the slightest true regard for those girls or families you would have told the truth."

The jury at the Old Bailey found Huntley guilty on both counts of murder after retiring to consider their verdicts four days ago.

The jury of seven women and five men rejected 29-year-old Huntley's claim that the best friends died accidentally at his home, 5 College Close, in Soham on August 4 last year.

Huntley, the caretaker at Soham Village College, claimed the 10-year-olds, wearing their Manchester United shirts went inside the college-owned three-bedroom detached house because Holly had a nosebleed.

He tried to convince the jury during more than two days of testimony that Holly drowned in the bath and that he killed Jessica as he tried to silence her screams. But the Old Bailey jury took just over 17 hours to conclude he was lying.

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