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Killer facing rest of his life in custody.


A PARCEL delivery worker was yesterday beginning two life sentences for the kidnap and murder of 16-year-old Leanne Tiernan after he was told he could expect never to be released from prison.

Divorced father-of-two John Taylor was told by a judge he was a "dangerous sexual sadist" after hearing how the 46-year-old grabbed the teenager on a path near her home in Bramley, Leeds, in November 2000.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Taylor strangled Leanne at his nearby home and dumped her body in woods up to nine months later. Police believed he could have kept the body in a fridge or freezer some time before it was found.

Tonight detectives who investigated Leanne's murder said they could not rule out that he had committed further serious crimes over the past 20 years, including more murders.

Det Supt Chris Gregg told a press conference he was looking at four unsolved murders, including the 1992 killing of Bradford prostitute Yvonne Fitt.

Ms Fitt's body was found in Lindley Wood, Otley - the same place Taylor dumped Leanne.

Mr Gregg said he was launching an appeal for help and produced a necklace found in the boot of Taylor's car which he wants to identify.

He said: "We do not believe that this is the first major crime he has committed."

Taylor, of Cockshott Drive, Bramley, Leeds, admitted murder today in a courtroom packed with Leanne's family and friends. He admitted kidnapping her at a previous hearing.

When Mr Justice Astill told Taylor he would recommend he should never be released there were cheers and applause. Outside the court, family and friends of the teenager hugged and wept.

The judge told Taylor: "You are a dangerous sexual sadist. Your purpose in kidnapping this young girl was so that you could satisfy your perverted cravings."

He concluded: "You must expect to spend the rest of your life in custody."

Earlier Robert Smith QC, prosecuting, told the judge there was no evidence Taylor had sexually assaulted Leanne but it was clear his motive was his own "sexual gratification".


JAILED FOR LIFE: John Taylor; MURDER VICTIM: Leanne Tiernan
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 9, 2002
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