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Man jailed for 'wicked' murder
Sandy Hadfield
Sandy Hadfield's body was found in Boultham Park
A man who stripped a schoolgirl and stabbed her to death in a park has been jailed for life for her murder.

Timothy Cuffy, 35, of Lincoln, plied 13-year-old Sandy Hadfield with alcohol before taking her to a secluded park and cutting her throat with a Gurkha knife.

The girl's family and friends clapped and cheered loudly as Cuffy was sentenced on Thursday at Lincoln Crown Court.

The jury took less than three hours to find Cuffy guilty of murder after being told by the prosecution that he stabbed the teenager with a 12-inch knife.

'Extremely dangerous'

Cuffy had denied killing the teenager, saying in interviews that he was cycling in the park when he found the girl's body.

He said he dialled 999 as soon as he realised he had found a body.

Mr Justice Royce told him: "You have carried out the brutal and wicked killing of a 13-year-old girl.

"You have previous convictions for sexual assault and for violence.

"You are an extremely dangerous man and words are not adequate to describe you.

"There is only one sentence for you and that is imprisonment for life."

Cuffy met Sandy when she called at his home looking for a school friend on 21 July 2002.

Precisely why he took a life may be simple wickedness
Timothy Spencer, prosecuting
He invited her in and plied her with drink before taking her to Boultham Park in Lincoln.

Cuffy then stripped her naked and tried to have sex with her, slashing her neck with a knife.

The prosecution said Cuffy plied the teenager with drink until she was "literally legless" before taking her to a secluded spot and murdering her.

After the murder he returned to his home in Lincoln, only to go back to the scene on his bike and make a 999 call, claiming to have stumbled upon a body.

Timothy Spencer QC, prosecuting, told the court: "It was a particularly gruesome killing.

"Precisely why he took a life may be simple wickedness. Sex and death were clearly part of it."

Outside court Chief Inspector Graham White said: "I am pleased with today's verdict.

"There has never been any doubt in my mind that Cuffy was the killer.

"He took Sandy, he plied her with drink, he sexually assaulted her and then he went on to brutally murder her, just for the sake of keeping her quiet and in a callous attempt to save himself.

"He has been a career criminal and the vast majority of his convictions have been for violence and the vast majority of his victims have been young females."

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