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Double murderer convicted of killing English schoolgirl Milly Dowler

Dowler, 13, disappeared as she walked home from school in March 2002.

Undated police handout image of Milly Dowler, who was murdered in 2002 aged 13.
Undated police handout image of Milly Dowler, who was murdered in 2002 aged 13.
Image: Surrey Police/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A FORMER NIGHTCLUB bouncer who is currently in prison for killing two women has been convicted of murdering schoolgirl Milly Dowler in Surrey, England, in 2002.

The 13-year-old disappeared on her way home from school in March 2002. Her remains were found six months later.

Today, Levi Bellfield, 43, was found guilty of her abduction and murder. The Guardian reports that Bellfield is currently serving a life sentence for the murders of Amelia Delagrange, 22, and Marsha McDonnell, 19. He was also convicted of the attempted murder of a third young woman, 18-year-old Kate Sheedy.

The AFP reports that Bellfield is also accused of abducting Rachel Cowles, 11, on the day before Dowler’s disappearance, but no verdict has been delivered on that charge yet. Cowles’ mother contacted police to alert them to the attempted abduction, but they did not interview her for three years.

Bellfield lived just 50 yards from where Dowler was last seen. He moved out the day after killing her. The BBC reports that Dowler’s mother and sister broke down in court after the verdict was delivered.

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