Bellfield found guilty of Milly Dowler murder

Convicted killer Levi Bellfield has today been found guilty of murdering English schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Convicted killer Levi Bellfield has today been found guilty of murdering English schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

An Old Bailey jury found Bellfield guilty of abducting and murdering the 13-year-old after she walked past the killer's home.

Bellfield, 43, was also accused of attempting to abduct 11-year-old Rachel Cowles the day before in March 2002 but no verdict has been reached on that charge.

It took Milly's parents Bob and Sally nine years to get justice, even though her killer had been living 50 yards from where she was last seen in Station Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

Police knocked on the door of Bellfield's flat in Collingwood Place, off Station Avenue, 11 times, but did not try to contact the letting agent to trace him.

Milly Dowler's mother and sister collapsed in hysterics after hearing the verdict.

Bellfield went on to kill again twice before he was arrested by London police two years later.

He moved his family out of Collingwood Place the day after killing Milly and dumping her body 25 miles away in Yateley Heath wood, Hampshire.

Bellfield, a former wheelclamper and bouncer, went on to kill Marsha McDonnell, 19, and Amelie Delagrange, 22, and to attempt to murder Kate Sheedy, 18, in 2004.

All the attacks, for which he was jailed for life, took place near bus stops on the borders of London and Surrey. There was no apparent motive except a hatred of women.

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