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Louise Bell's killer Pfennig gets 35 years

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016

Notorious killer Dieter Pfennig will not be eligible for parole until he is 101 after he was jailed for 35 years for murdering Adelaide schoolgirl Louise Bell.

Louise was abducted through her bedroom window at her home in suburban Hackham West in 1983, beginning one of South Australia's most high profile and enduring cold cases.

Pfennig, 68, was on Tuesday sentenced to 35 years' prison for her murder, which Supreme Court Justice Michael David described as "a most evil crime".

"The shock and anxiety that your crimes caused in the SA community cannot be compared to the distress that must have been suffered by the family of Louise Bell," Justice David said.

Pfenning was already in prison for killing another child so his non-parole period was extended, bringing it to 60 years from when he was first jailed in 1989.

The sentence means the former maths and science teacher, who had a heart attack earlier this year, would be aged 101 if he were still alive when finally eligible for release.

"You will most certainly spend the rest of your days in jail," Justice David said.

Louise's last schoolteacher was among supporters in court on Tuesday and she said she was "totally and utterly relieved" that justice had finally been served.

"He got what he deserved," the woman, who chose not to be named, told reporters.

"I'm just so happy for the Bell family."

Pfennig was charged in 2013 after DNA scientists in the Netherlands linked him to the girl's pyjama top, which was left folded on a neighbour's lawn.

When Justice David delivered his guilty verdict in November, he urged the killer to reveal where Louise and Michael were buried to bring the "whole ghastly thing to an end".

Pfennig maintains his innocence and has launched an appeal against his conviction.

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