Ripper-style killer who boasted ‘I got away with’ butchering woman finally caged

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    A ripper who bragged about getting away with a double murder has been sentenced to 30 years in the slammer.

    Sex worker Sarah Crump, 33, lost her life to brutal David Smith, 66, Southall, West London, in 1991.

    Once known as "Honey Monster" to his lorry driver colleagues, he was found guilty of murder at Inner London Crown Court and has now been sentenced to life with a minimum of 27 years for his heinous crimes.

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    The 6ft 3ins monster was previously cleared of the killing some 30 years ago.

    Tragic Ms Crump was found with her chest opened, her intestines out and her breasts cut off.

    Sentencing, Mr Justice Bryan said: "I must sentence you for this abhorrent murder which was, I am sure, both sexual and sadistic in nature.

    "I have no doubt your pre-meditated and planned intention that night… was to kill and sexually mutilate an escort to satisfy your perverted and sadistic sexual desires."

    An impact statement from Sarah’s older sister was heard in court where she explained her family would, "never come to terms with the brutal savagery of Sarah's murder".

    She continued, saying: "Even after 32 years, having to listen to the details of the attack on Sarah was excruciating.

    "This was always so very important to pursue, to finally see justice for Sarah."

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    After walking away from killing Sarah all those years ago, he would go on claim another life – that of 21-year-old Amanda Walker.

    Many of the hallmarks were the same and her remains found in the Royal Horticultural Society’s grounds in 1999.

    Recalling a conversation with Smith while he awaited trial for Amanda’s murder, a fellow inmate said: "He said that they got no evidence on him and that he got away with it.”

    In a statement read outside court, Sarah's family said: “At long last justice for our lovely Sarah. If only our Mum and Dad were here with us today to share this momentous occasion.

    “After the disheartening acquittal at the Old Bailey in 1993, our Mum said that David Smith would kill again. Eight years after Sarah’s murder, he was found guilty of an even more savage murder and mutilation of a young woman and mother, which he later admitted.

    “Thirty years may have passed but we still miss Sarah – she was a shining light in a murky world who wished for the best but found the worst of humanity.

    “We would like to thank everyone involved in this very difficult investigation. Their determination and tenacity has ensured the correct verdict has finally been reached.

    “Our thanks extend especially to all the witnesses who came forward at great personal sacrifice.”


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