Violent fantasist who killed young teacher on their first date after meeting her on Plenty of fish is jailed for life
- Carl Langdell has admitted murdering Katie Locke, 23, on Christmas Eve
- The 26-year-old strangled the teacher in a hotel room after their first date
- Just weeks earlier, killer had been released from a psychiatric hospital
- Judge says mental health experts will decide whether he can ever be freed
Carl Langdell has been jailed for life for murdering young teacher Katie Locke and sexually assaulting her corpse
A killer who strangled a young teacher to death in a hotel room on a first date has been jailed for life.
Carl Langdell was given a minimum sentence of 26 years after confessing to murdering young teacher Katie Locke and sexually assaulting her corpse.
Langdell throttled Miss Locke in a hotel room, hours after a first date organised through the Plenty of Fish website.
The 26-year-old, who lied to Miss Locke about being a lawyer, wrapped his victim's body in a duvet before dumping her near a skip in the grounds of the four-star hotel.
It emerged today that the fantasist had been released from a psychiatric hospital just two months before the Christmas Eve killing last year.
And months before the murder, he avoided going to prison after making threats to kill a community nurse.
Instead he got a suspended sentence, having threatened the woman in what he claimed was an attempt to shock mental health officials to get their attention.
After the murder, Langdell told his mother he was a 'monster' and claimed he had killed Miss Locke in a sex game gone wrong.
He had told a mental health worker that he had fantasies of cutting a girl's throat, seeing her naked and having sex with her dead body, just nine months before the murder.
Jailing Langdell at St Albans Crown Court today, Judge Andrew Bright told him: 'I am firmly of the view that you pose a very great danger to women and young girls with whom you come into contact with in the future.
'I note that you have described yourself to others as a monster and a psychopath because of what you did to Katie Locke.'
The judge continued: 'Once you have served the minimum term I have set, it will be for others to decide when, if ever, it will be safe for you to be released. They will be guided by psychiatric opinion on your condition.
'Dr Philip Joseph, who is arguably the country's most experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist in cases of this kind, expresses the opinion that you suffer from an emotionally unstable and dissocial psychopathic personality disorder with the result that the risk you pose to women is likely to remain significant for the foreseeable future.'
Miss Locke's parents described their daughter, who taught at a school in east London, as a 'ray of sunshine'
Miss Locke taught history and politics at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney after graduating from Southampton University.
The judge added: 'Katie was a thoroughly decent and innocent young woman who had done you no harm at all.'
'You lied to her about being a lawyer with you own firm when the reality was that you had recently been made the subject of a suspended sentence of imprisonment of Bristol crown court for making death threats to women which you communicated to a community nurse involved in caring for your mental health.'
Judge Bright told the court that former boyfriends of Katie confirmed she had previously shown no interest in anything other than 'conventional' sex.
Langdell, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, who admitted Katie's murder at an earlier hearing, showed no emotion as he was led away to the cells.
The court had heard that, on the night of her murder, Miss Locke had texted her friend to say her night was going well.
Langdell and Miss Locke left Trafik bar in Shoreditch, east London, at around 2am on Christmas Eve and took a taxi back to the hotel, arriving at 3.30am.
Miss Locke's father Bill told Langsdell: 'On the internet you said you were an ordinary decent person. You are ordinary, but you are not a decent person'
Her mother Jennifer said: 'In hindsight I did not tell her enough how pretty she was or how much I loved her'
A receptionist said Langdell looked 'very intoxicated' and that Miss Locke also appeared drunk. She said that as they walked down the corridor, Miss Locke held up Langdell as he was staggering.
Half an hour later, Miss Locke phoned reception to ask for two toothbrushes. Just over two hours later, another hotel guest noticed a hotel coat hanger was jammed in the floor's fire escape door.
Langdell phoned reception to ask for late check-out and left a 'do not disturb' sign on the door.
When staff later went to the room they found all the bedding and towels were missing and the lock on the window was broken.
The court heard that Miss Locke's friends grew concerned when she did not turn up to house sit for a friend. They contacted Miss Locke's parents, who did not know their daughter had been on a date.
The friends used a photo Langdell had sent Miss Locke to find his address and her father, Bill Locke, drove out to the family home.
Langdell, pictured, confessed to the killing on the phone to his mother after Miss Locke's started investigating her disappearance
Langdell killed Miss Locke at Theobolds Park Hotel in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, pictured
Langdell's mother told him her son had gone out for a dog walk. She phoned her son and he confessed the murder.
Mrs Evans said: 'He said to his mother he had killed her. As he put it, "I'm a monster".'
Langdell was arrested near the canal in the Lea Valley Park. He told an officer Katie's body was 10 metres from a skip in the grounds of the hotel.
He would not answer police questions but forensic analysis indicated the use of cocaine, diazepam and drugs used in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
Teacher Miss Locke was 23 when she was killed by Langdell on Christmas Eve last year
In victim impact statements, Miss Locke's parents told the court that their daughter, who lived with them in Essex, was a 'ray of sunshine'.
Mother Jennifer Locke said: 'Nothing could prepare her for meeting a monster. I shall miss her every minute of every day.'
Mr Locke looked at Langdell in the dock and told him: 'On the internet you said you were an ordinary decent person. You are ordinary, but you are not a decent person.'
He added: 'Katie's loss is huge for me. In hindsight I did not tell her enough how pretty she was or how much I loved her. Maybe she knew it but now I feel l probably at fault for not telling her.'
Prosecutor Ann Evans told the court: 'The tragedy of this case is that Katie Locke, like thousands of other young people, having agreed to a date with Carl Langdell, accepted what he told her about himself.'
Mrs Evans told the court that Langdell had previously been diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder and had been discharged from a psychiatric unit just two months before he killed Katie.
She added the murder victim's mobile phone and bank card had never been found since her death.
'SHE TRIED TO SEE THE BEST IN EVERYONE.. AND THIS WAS HER DOWNFALL': HEARTBROKEN FAMILY RELEASE MOVING STATEMENT AFTER SENTENCING
Following the sentencing hearing, Miss Locke's family released the following statement...
'On the 24th of December we were cruelly robbed of a precious daughter, sister, niece, grand-daughter, cousin and auntie. Katie was a beautiful person, both inside and out, completely irreplaceable and for us, as a family, life will never, ever be the same again.
'Katie's loss has robbed so many people, the friends who loved her, the workmates who relied upon her, the children she taught and those she would have gone on to teach in what promised to be a successful career. We would like to thank each and every one of the 400 people who attended her funeral to pay tribute to her life.
'We will never forget Katie. She was a bright, funny, loving young woman. She was also trusting, caring and always tried to see the best in everyone which, sadly, has been her downfall.
'Unfortunately there were no signs for Katie to see and as a family we have suffered daylight robbery. For us as a family to realise that any fantasist or predator can lie and publically portray themselves as anything their warped personalities would like is shocking.
'Today's result changes nothing, Katie is never coming home. All we can do is warn other young women to be careful in the hope that no other family ever has to go through the pain and trauma we have suffered.
'We also hope that authority, in the future, will undertake the most serious investigations, if this murderer is ever considered for release. As, in all professional opinions we have heard in the last few months, believe that he will be forever a danger to the public.'
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