Huntley gets life for murdering girls

IAN HUNTLEY was today found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murders of Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. His former girlfriend Maxine Carr was convicted of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

IAN HUNTLEY was today found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murders of Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

His former girlfriend Maxine Carr was convicted of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. She was cleared of two counts of assisting an offender.

Former school caretaker Huntley, 29, was sent to prison for life.

Carr, 26, a former classroom assistant, was given a three-and-a-half year sentence.

The verdicts came after the judge instructed the jury this morning, on their fourth day of deliberations, that he would accept majority verdicts on all the charges.

Holly and Jessica, both aged ten, vanished from the Cambridgeshire town on August 4 last year. Their bodies were found on remote ground near Lakenheath, Suffolk, on August 17.

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Huntley, 29, had admitted they died at his home and he dumped their bodies, but claimed there deaths were accidental.

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