A man has been found guilty of murdering a woman he visited for sex and setting fire to her Brighton flat.
Neil McMillan, 42, applied “unremitting pressure” to Andrea Waddell’s neck at her flat in Upper Lewes Road on 15 October last year.
Addressing McMillan, of Bennett Road, Brighton, after the verdict, Judge Michael Lawson QC said : “What you did that night brought to an end a life which in many views was one of relentless difficulty faced with extreme courage.”
“The person you killed was a person who always sought to overcome difficulties.”
“On the other hand, faced with a difficulty in that flat, whatever that was, you chose to take it out on her.
“You strangled her, with relentless pressure for over 20 seconds. There was the distinction between you and her.”
And he added: “Once you lost control, for whatever reason and which cannot be regarded as justified, you formed the intention to destroy her, to kill her.”
“It wasn’t an accident and you continued to hold her round her neck, crushing the neck structures until she was dead.”
“Having done that you then dragged her back into the bedroom and set fire to her and set fire to the bed on which together you had laid.”
“The reason was that you were frightened that there would be some trace of your presence in that flat to prove that in fact you were the last person to have seen her.”
Cross-posted at Bird of Paradox