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EYES OF PURE EVIL; I saw killer with Celine.

The cold eyes of sex killer Stuart Morgan betrayed his evil purpose as bubbly Celine Figard stepped into his lorry cab.

And last night, as 37-year-old Morgan began a life sentence for murder, his hypnotic gaze returned to haunt a friend of the young French student.

Lorry driver Roger Bouvier gave 19-year-old Celine a lift when she travelled to England from her village in eastern France just before last Christmas.

He waved her goodbye as she hitched a ride with Morgan - and was chilled by the trucker's icy stare.

The Frenchman said: "It was a fixed expression, cold and very strange.

"It was as if I was hypnotised. Returning to my lorry I didn't know where I was.

"My thoughts turned back to the road. But then I began to think - to be afraid for her."

Morgan, from Poole in Dorset, raped, battered and strangled Celine in the cab of his white Mercedes lorry after picking her up from the Chieveley services on the M4 in Berkshire.

Her naked body was found 10 days later in woods 100 miles away near Worcester.

Yesterday, a jury at Worcester Crown Court took three and a half hours to return a unanimous guilty verdict on Morgan at the end of the 11-day trial.

The soft-spoken brute shook his head, mouthing "No, no" as the verdict was announced.

The judge, Mr Justice Latham, told Morgan: "What you did to Celine has caused revulsion in the minds of all right-thinking people."

Accountancy student Celine fell in to the killer's clutches as she headed for the hotel at Fordingbridge, Hants, where a cousin worked.

The trusting teenager, who spoke fluent English, got a lift to the Channel Tunnel with a family friend and travelled on to Berkshire with Mr Bouvier.

At the service station she tried to phone her cousin to arrange to be picked up.

But she failed to dial the number correctly and decided to hitch-hike.

Within hours of climbing into burly Morgan's cab Celine was dead.

The tattooed monster, a self-employed trucker, bound his petite victim's hands, raped her on the bunk bed in the back of his cab, then battered her over the head and strangled her.

Morgan coolly drove around the country for 10 days. He spent Christmas at home with his wife, Glynda Parker, 47, and their 11-year-old son.

The pounds 70,000 Mercedes, with the body hidden behind the driving seat, was parked outside.

Morgan told a neighbour his distinctive lorry was stopped by police FOURTEEN times in one day and officers called at his home a number of times. But it took a workmate's tip-off to trap him.

Police now plan to question Morgan about a series of other murders.

They fear a serial killer dubbed the Midlands Ripper may be using Britain's motorway network to stalk girls.

One senior detective said last night: "Officers from a number of forces will want to see Morgan."
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Author:Sounes, Howard
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 17, 1996
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