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Last Updated: Monday, 6 October, 2003, 18:35 GMT 19:35 UK
Ex-boyfriend jailed for life for murder
Rae Torbet
Rae Torbet was stabbed more than 15 times, the court heard
A fork-lift driver has been jailed for life after being convicted of murdering the daughter of a senior Sussex police officer in a jealous rage.

Dellwyn James, 31, killed his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend Rae Torbet at her flat in Cantelupe Road, in March.

Miss Torbet, whose father is Detective Chief Inspector Jim Torbet, was stabbed more than 15 times in the neck and face.

During the trial, the court heard about two suicide attempts by James, once after the couple's separation and then after killing Miss Torbet.

Grieving father

Today Rae's father said he hoped it would be "third time lucky" for his daughter's murderer.

He said: "This was never the greatest 'whodunnit' murder investigation.

"With regards to Dellwyn James, I would just like to say all the luck in the world.

"On March 16 he allegedly attempted to commit suicide, and after butchering my daughter, he allegedly attempted to commit suicide.

"Now I say third time lucky, I wish him all the luck."

James, of Chiltern Drive, Hastings, denied murder.

He claimed he could not remember much of the day as he had been drinking and had taken anti-depressant drugs.

The jury at Lewes Crown Court took less than an hour to convict him after he refused to give evidence in his own defence.

'An act of evil'

Judge Richard Brown jailed him for life and branded the murder "an act of evil".

He told James: "Rae Torbet was only 19 years old when she died. Everyone in this courtroom has described her as a happy, bubbly and friendly person.

"She was a young person who lived life to the full and had everything to live for. You decided that if you could not have her, no-one would.

"In an act of wicked, jealous rage you killed her and in doing that you have deprived her of her right to life and you have removed a loved daughter and sister from her family.

"You have caused devastation in the lives of all who knew her."

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