December 7 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
A Norwich prisoner who tied up and strangled a fellow inmate while already serving a life sentence for murder has been ordered to spend the rest of his lives behind bars.
Lee Newell, 44, was handed a whole life sentence by a judge at Warwick Crown Court for the “chilling” murder of convicted child-killer Subhan Anwar.
He was sentenced with fellow inmate Gary Smith, 48. Ruling that the men should never be considered for parole, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said: “There is in reality no mitigating factor in either of your cases.”
Smith and Newell were convicted of murdering Anwar last week following a two-week trial.
Jurors heard that Smith calmly made Newell a cup of hot chocolate - even sweetening it with icing sugar - during a stand-off with prison staff after Anwar was killed in his cell at HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire.
The inmates were also convicted of stealing personal items, including prayer beads, a watch and an earring, from Anwar after choking him to death inside his cell on February 14.
Both defendants refused to leave the cells at Warwick Crown Court to hear that they would never be released for killing Anwar, who was strangled with a pair of tracksuit bottoms.
The 24-year-old victim, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was also serving a life term for murder, having been convicted of killing his partner’s two-year-old daughter in 2008.
The judge said: “One of the most chilling aspects of this case was the almost complete lack of emotion shown by either of you after the killing.
“It is against this background that I have to consider whether the circumstances of this murder are such that it is one of those exceptional cases where its seriousness is of such magnitude so as to require the making of a whole life order.
“In my judgment they are - you have both murdered others before, on this occasion you did so in a cold-blooded manner, having deliberately lulled your victim into a false sense of security.
“You both acted in a calm and unemotional manner ... eventually leaving Anwar’s cell with items of his personal property being worn as trophies of your exploits.
“You, Newell, later laughing about what you had both done.
“In these circumstances the sentence in both of your cases will be that of life imprisonment and I order that the early release provisions shall not apply.”
Newell, originally from Norwich, was jailed at the city’s Crown Court in 1989 for strangling his neighbour, 56-year-old Mary Neal.
Mrs Neal was found dead at her home in March 1988 after Newell fled to Jersey.
Although the judge said the motive for Anwar’s murder may never be known with certainty, he added: “In the course of the trial the jury heard evidence about the type of moral code which exists within the prison population.
“A code which may be enforced by the use of verbal abuse, physical violence and even, on occasion, death.
“It may be no coincidence that the deceased in this case had been convicted of killing a young child.