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Charlotte Teeling: Sex-obsessed killer Richard Bailey who murdered mum-of-two jailed for at least 29 years

Mirror logo Mirror 12/09/2018 Ross McCarthy

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A sex-obsessed killer who murdered a mum-of-two just hours after meeting her has been jailed for at least 29 years.

Tragic Charlotte Teeling was killed by 41-year-old Richard Bailey after a night out in Birmingham.

Miss Teeling, 33, was found in Bailey's bedroom with catastrophic injuries to her neck and mouth, including a bone fracture near the base of her tongue.

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Following his sentencing this morning, there was a brief confrontation between the defendant's mother and friends and family of Miss Teeling, Birmingham Live reports.

a man smiling for the camera: Richard Bailey has been convicted of the murder of 33-year-old Charlotte Teeling © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Richard Bailey has been convicted of the murder of 33-year-old Charlotte Teeling

And there were screams of "murderer" from the public gallery as he was led away.

Bailey, who was out on licence when the murder happened, claimed the victim had died during a sex game on February 23.

After returning with Bailey to his flat, Miss Teeling was murdered, and Bailey scattered pornographic images around her motionless body.

The killer, who strangled and smothered his victim and then scattered pornography near her body, showed no emotion as he was jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court.

He will serve 29 years before he can apply for parole.

Her corpse remained inside the flat for a week until police officers arrived.

a woman posing for the camera © Credits: Birmingham Mail/BPM Media

West Midlands Police said he had "continued to sleep" in the same room as Charlotte's body for days and even used her bank cards to buy a meal.

Bailey claimed Charlotte had died accidentally during 'rough sex' after asking him to 'pull her hair', 'slap her' and 'choke her'.

Passing sentence after hearing that Bailey has 171 previous convictions, including offences of violence committed exclusively against women, Judge Patrick Thomas QC ruled that the killing was a murder involving "sadistic" conduct.

Bailey told police it wasn’t until he noticed her body was limp that he realised she had died.

However, prosecutors said a post-mortem examination showed the "caring" victim died as a result of forceful compression of the neck.

Jurors deliberated for just an hour and 15 minutes before convicting Bailey, who had 171 criminal convictions.

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Prosecutor Jonas Hankin previously told Birmingham Crown Court that the killer had a history of assaults on "women in vulnerable situations".

He had met Ms Teeling in a shop around five hours before her death.

She had earlier been seen dancing in a nightclub on her own.

Mr Hankin told jurors, Birmingham Live reports: "The prosecution case is that while having penetrative intercourse with Charlotte - whether with her consent or without - the defendant caused her death by strangling her and smothering her."

The court was told Ms Teeling, who had lived on the Isle of Wight and also at a women's refuge in Worcester, met Bailey shortly after leaving a Birmingham nightclub at around 5am on February 23.

After killing Charlotte, Bailey used her bank card and travelled to Coventry, where he "wormed his way" back into the life of a former partner.

a man walking down the street © Credits: SWNS.com In a statement the victim's mother, Diane Teeling, said: "Time will not heal the heartache.

"It is every mother’s nightmare. Not only did he take Charlotte’s life, he stripped her of all dignity in death.

"Every day I am haunted by the panic and fear she felt as her life was squeezed out of her.

"Her four siblings have lost their big sister."

Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, of West Midlands Police, said "manipulative" Bailey had rightly been found guilty.

The officer said: "Charlotte was a loving mother, daughter and sister. She was a caring person who did not deserve to die in these circumstances.

© Credits: West Midlands Police

"I hope that her family and friends feel some sense of justice following today's result at court.

"Charlotte's family have been very brave in spite of having to listen to some very disturbing evidence.

"I would like to offer my sincere condolences to them and wish them all the very best as they try to rebuild their lives."

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