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Prostitute murderer Anthony Hardy 'will die in prison'

Anthony Hardy
Anthony Hardy admitted killing three women in 2003

A murderer who killed three women should never be released from prison, a High Court judge has said.

Anthony Hardy, 60, got three life sentences in 2003 for murdering three north London prostitutes to satisfy his "depraved and perverted" cravings.

The case was back in court following changes in the law on setting the minimum period a lifer must serve.

Mr Justice Keith, sitting in London, gave Hardy a whole life order, meaning he will die in jail.

He said: "I have decided that Hardy should never be released from prison.

"This is one of those exceptionally rare cases in which life should mean life."

Hardy, of Camden, north London, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to murdering Sally White, Elizabeth Valad and Bridgette MacClennan.

All three victims were crack addicts and were financing the habit through prostitution.

Parts of the dismembered remains of Miss MacClennan, 34, and Miss Valad, 29, who both lived in London, were found by a homeless man in bin bags in the early hours of 30 December 2002.

'Unspeakable indignities'

The body of Miss White, 31, who also lived in London, was found in Hardy's flat in January 2003.

He was in the process of preparing Miss White's naked body to be photographed when he was disturbed by police investigating a dispute he had with a neighbour.

Sentencing him, judge Mr Justice Keith said: "Only you know for sure how your victims met their deaths.

"But the unspeakable indignities to which you subjected the bodies of your last two victims in order to satisfy your depraved and perverted needs are in no doubt."

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