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Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent
3 June 2016 • 12:04pm
Carl Langdell was told he may never be released Credit: INS
A self-confessed ‘monster’ who strangled a history teacher he met online and then had sex with her body has been jailed for 26 years.
Carl Langdell, 26, murdered history teacher Katie Locke, 23, in a hotel room just two weeks after they first met on internet dating site Plenty of Fish.
After killing her he took pictures of her defiled body before wrapping her up in bed sheets and a duvet dumping her in some bushes.
Yesterday law student Langdell, who admitted murder, was sentenced by judge Andrew Bright at St Albans Crown court.
The judge 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 and I note that you have described yourself to others as a monster and a psychopath because of what you did to Katie Locke.
Katie Locke was described as a ‘thoroughly decent person’ Credit: INS
“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 when that decision has to be made.
“In this regard I note that in his report dated April 20, 2016 by 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.
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 futureJudge Andrew Bright
“He is pessimistic about whether psychiatric treatment will bring any long term change and I antiwant to make it clear that so am I.”
The judge added that Miss Locke was a “thoroughly decent and innocent young woman who had done you no harm at all”.
He went on: “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.”
Langdell was a self-confessed psychopath Credit: Enterprise News
Langdell lied to police claiming Miss Locke had died during a sex game gon wrong, but prosecutor Ann Evans told the court there was no evidence to support his claim.
She said: “The tragedy of this case is that is what Katie did, like thousands of other young people, agreed to a date with Carl Langdell. She accepted what he told her about himself.
“At the end of their first date in the early hours of the 24 December last year she agreed to go back to a hotel with him. He strangled her in that room and dragged her body in a skip outside the hotel. Katie’s body was found near the hotel.”
Earlier that evening the couple had been out for drinks in London and called for a taxi to take them to the Theobolds Park Hotel in Waltham Cross in Herts.
The taxi driver who took them remembers both the pair being drunk, especially Langdell, who was sick several times.
He admits that he had the mind and body of a psychopathDefence barrister Peter Benjamin Aina
Toxicology results revealed Langdell had cocaine, diazapan and anti-depressants in his system.
The court heard that Langdell told Katie he was a lawyer who owned a law firm.
This was untrue and he in fact had been suffering mental health issues for the previous two years and had been admitted to psychiatric hospitals.
Defending Peter Benjamin Aina said: “He admits that he had the mind and body of a psychopath.”
The court heard that Langdell had previously been in court for threatening to kill and then have sex with a young girl.
Langdell had been arrested in February 2015 after he told a mental health worker that he wanted to kill his girlfriend’s younger sister.
He pleaded guilty to making threats to kill in March 2015 and given a nine month sentence suspended for two years.