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Tuesday, 14 March, 2000, 16:19 GMT
Family killer caught by web
The murder scene
The bodies were found in this house in north London
A man who went on the run after murdering his wife, baby daughter and parents-in-law has been given four life sentences.

Ibrahim Aderdour, 42, stabbed to death his estranged wife Sophie, 32, baby Amina, who was 16-months-old and his wife's parents John Trant, 71, and Vivien Trant, 57 in Islington, north London, in October 1995.

He was tracked down after his picture was posted on a Scotland Yard website.

After the murders, Aderdour caught a taxi to London's Waterloo station and was in France a few hours later.

He is believed to have travelled around Europe and back to his native Morocco before ending up in the Netherlands.

Ibrahim Aderdour
Ibrahim Aderdour was caught by a web check
On Christmas Day 1998 he tried to board a ferry to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

But Dutch officials were suspicious and decided to check out Aderdour on the internet.

Rowed about religion

Within minutes they found his photograph on the Scotland Yard website with details of the crime.

Aderdour, who had carried out the murders after a row with his wife about what religion their daughter should adopt, was detained and later extradited to the UK. Sophie Aderdour had not wanted the girl to be a Muslim.

The internet is becoming an increasingly valuable tool in the fight against crime

Det Con Steve Edwards
At his trial Aderdour tried to point the finger of suspicion at a Turkish drugs syndicate which, he claimed, had threatened him after an acquaintance paid for 20,000 worth of heroin with forged notes.

He claimed he fled the country on the day of the murders because he was in fear of the gang but said he did not learn of the deaths until he was forcibly returned to the UK in January 1999.

But on Tuesday a jury at the Old Bailey returned a guilty verdict and a judge gave Aderdour four life sentences.

The Recorder of London, Judge Michael Hyam, said: "The very fact that you killed your 16-month-old daughter says a great deal as to the horrific nature of what you did."

It is not the first time a killer has been caught with the help of the internet.

Baby Amina was stabbed to death
In May 1997 Australian barman Greg Mills was stopped by a US patrolman for speeding in Colorado. A quick check on the internet revealed that Mills was wanted for the murder of a London pub landlady, Carol Fyfe.

He was detained and later extradited and in July 1998 was jailed for life at the Old Bailey.

The Met's Detective Constable Steve Edwards said: "The internet is becoming an increasingly valuable tool in the fight against crime.

Sophie Aderdour
Sophie Aderdour did not want her daughter brought up a Muslim
"One of the advantages of the internet is the international aspect to an inquiry, especially in a cosmopolitan city like London where it is not uncommon for suspects to flee abroad."

He said Scotland Yard's wanted web page received up to 900 hits a week.

The idea was the brainchild of Deputy Assistant Commissioner Bill Griffiths, who saw what the FBI was doing with its website and decided Scotland Yard should follow suit.

The website now hosts dozens of appeals for help in tracing wanted people, missing children and adults and recovering stolen property.

Det Con Edwards told BBC News Online: "The way we use it is as a last resort. If normal legwork has been exhausted we can use it to keep an appeal in the public eye and create a searchable database for law enforcement agencies abroad." It also hosts occasional pieces for other forces.

Det Con Edwards explained: "Scotland Yard has name recognition and a lot of police abroad might search our site, while they are unlikely to look at, say Northumbria's site."

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