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Model's killer loses appeal bid

Mark Dixie (South London Guardian)
Mark Dixie will serve a minimum of 34 years of his life sentence

The man jailed for life for the murder of teenage model Sally Anne Bowman has lost a bid to challenge his conviction.

Pub chef Mark Dixie, 38, was given a minimum term of 34 years for the killing, in Croydon, south London.

Ms Bowman's near-naked body was found in the driveway of her home in 2005. Dixie had stabbed her repeatedly before having sex with her body.

The panel of three Court of Appeal judges said Dixie's application to appeal was "entirely without merit".

Dixie was out celebrating his 35th birthday on the night he killed the 18-year-old in an alcohol and cocaine-fuelled attack.

Dixie, who had a string of sex convictions in Britain and Australia - where he lived for six years - had denied the murder.

Sally Anne's mother Linda and sister Nicole Chiddy were in court to hear the ruling by Lord Justice Burnton, Mr Justice Treacy and Mrs Justice Slade.

Afterwards, Ms Chiddy, 26, said the family had been fearful of a technicality leading to Dixie's release.

She said: "This is the best thing that could have happened.

"He should accept what he did and that he got what he deserved. I hope this is the final chapter and he will rot in hell."

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