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The BBC's Richard Bilton
"Brumfitt had killed before"
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Friday, 21 July, 2000, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Freed killer murders again
Marcella Ann Davis
Murder of Marcella Ann Davis has devastated her family
A double killer freed after serving 15 years of a life sentence has been found guilty of murdering a teenage prostitute after his release.

Paul Brumfitt, 44, was given a life sentence at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday for killing Marcella Ann Davis, 19.

Described as evil and dangerous, Brumfitt dismembered her body after killing her at his home in Woodsetton and tried to destroy her remains in a fire at a scrapyard he rented in Wolverhampton.

Paul Brumfitt
Brumfitt: Branded a psychopath at a previous trial

He received two further life sentences for raping a second prostitute at knifepoint on two occasions.

The rapes took place three weeks after Miss Davis disappeared while working in Wolverhampton's red light area in February 1999.

He was cleared of raping a third women.

Allyson Parr, the victim's mother, said: "Marcella will always be in my thoughts as a loving daughter.

"I wish to express my gratitude to the police and the prosecuting counsel for bringing this case to a successful conclusion."

Detective Chief Inspector, John Smith, who led the investigation, said Brumfitt is evil.

'Sexual urges'

"He is quite clearly an evil, calculating man."

"We are taking about murder and rape. We would describe it as probably the most vicious and evil of crimes."

When Brumfitt was eventually arrested, he refused to answer officers' questions for 30 hours.

"It was extremely difficult to get inside this man's head," said DCI Smith.

"He refused to talk to us and when you're talking to someone for two days and they make no reply, we had to be patient and eventually he decided he was going to talk."

Brumfitt was originally jailed at the Old Bailey in 1980 for beating to death a shopkeeper in Tilbury, Essex, and strangling a bus driver in Denmark.

Parole review

The Chief Constable of West Midlands police, Edward Crew, has called for an "urgent review into decision making" in light of the case.

The Prison Service said it is reviewing parole procedures and extended its deepest sympathies to Ms Davis family.

"We are currently conducting a wide-ranging review into parole procedures for determinate sentence prisoners," said a spokesman.

"And the effectiveness, efficiency and fairness of the procedures for the review, release and recall of life sentence prisoners."

"This will include consideration of the effectiveness of risk assessment at all stages of the process."

The review is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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