R v L - Woolwich Crown Court

Murder trial of a vulnerable defendant. The defendant, who was 18 at the time of the offence, met an older woman in a pub and took her home for sex. He then stabbed her 20 times. Part of the incident and the aftermath was heard by the defendant’s girlfriend who he was on the phone to. The victim did not die immediately but neither the defendant nor his girlfriend sought help. The defence was one of diminished responsibility but this collapsed midway through the trial after expert evidence was revised. The defendant pleaded guilty. He received a life sentence with a minimum of 17 years.