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Life sentence for evil killer who battered vice girl Lidia Pascale

2015-05-20 08:21:45

Matthew CherringtonMatthew Cherrington (left) and victim Lidia Pascale

A “savage” call girl killer who battered his victim to death and dumped her body in a wheelie bin has been jailed for life.

Matthew Cherrington showed no remorse for brutally killing Lidia Pascale and trying to hide her remains.

Ordering the 32-year-old to serve at least 19 years, Recorder of Birmingham Judge Melbourne Inman QC said it was “abundantly clear” Cherrington intended to kill the Romanian-born sex worker, who suffered at least 11 blows to her head.

The judge told him: “This was a very savage killing.

“In her final moments Lidia Pascale must have known she was being beaten in such a manner and with such ferocity that she would not survive.

“I am satisfied you are a very dangerous man who is clearly capable of extreme, unprovoked violence.

“You have shown and continue to show no sense of remorse or regret.

“Had (the body) not been discovered, her family would never have known what happened to her.”

Ms Pascale vanished on November 19 last year.

She was last seen entering Cherrington’s flat in High Street, West Bromwich.

Matthew CherringtonPolice searching for Lidia Pascale

The killer claimed a friend, Tommy Ricketts, had used his flat to meet the 26-year-old sex worker and must have killed her when Cherrington left to buy cigarettes.

But CCTV evidence showed Mr Ricketts was nowhere near High Street at the time she was at the flat.

Mr Ricketts was initially charged with murder and only cleared after serving three months on remand.

Cherrington was arrested on November 26 on suspicion of abduction.

Ms Pascale’s body was found on December 5 stuffed in a wheelie bin in nearby Hope Street.

She had suffered multiple skull fractures caused by at least 11 blows, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Cherrington, who was convicted of murder after a two-week trial, met his victim after they exchanged 51 text messages and he made contact with sex websites.

She was dead by 10.50pm on the night she vanished after the killer launched his attack in his bathroom.

At 10.53pm he was captured on CCTV buying cigarettes from a nearby petrol station.

Her blood was found in Cherrington’s flat and on fence panels in his garden, where he hoisted his victim’s body into the street.

After dumping her in the wheelie bin he took the bin to nearby Hope Street.

Judge Inman said Cherrington had done his best to conceal and then deny his crime.

Ms Pascale’s remains had been stuffed into a large black bin liner identical to others found in the killer’s kitchen.

A foil pipe and cigarette found in the bin with her body also bore traces of his DNA.

Traces of her blood were also found inside his flat despite his efforts to clean up and paint over them.

Reacting to the sentence, Det Insp Jim Munro said: “We’re obviously pleased with the sentence passed.

“Our thoughts remain with Lidia’s family.

“It was a savage attack which left Lidia with extensive injuries to her skull.

“It’s an awful incident which has resulted in her death.

“Cherrington is a violence and dangerous individual.

“This was an unprovoked attack which has left a young female with the loss of her life.”

Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Throughout the prosecution of this case

Matthew Cherrington maintained his denial that he had ever met Lidia Pascale.

"He attempted to evade detection at every step of the police investigation; eventually blaming an associate for Lidia’s disappearance.

"However, the evidence of his involvement in the offence was overwhelming.

“Through analysis of the defendant’s mobile phone, it became apparent that on the day of the murder he had been contacting several escorts, including the deceased.

“He arranged for Lidia to attend his flat and it was there, shortly after her arrival, that he viciously attacked her and killed her. Cherrington then disposed of the body and later tried to cover his crime.

“Today, a very dangerous man has been convicted of a brutal and senseless crime.

"We hope today's verdict can bring some solace to the family and friends of Lidia Pascale.”

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