Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

26 years for mother and baby killer

Anthony Marsh was jailed for a minimum of 26 years for murdering his girlfriend and their 10-month-old daughter
Stephanie Bellinger was murdered along with her 10-month-old daughter by Anthony Marsh

A bar manager who murdered his girlfriend and their 10-month-old daughter in a "sustained and fearsome" knife attack will spend at least 26 years in prison, a judge has said

Anthony Marsh plunged the weapon into half-naked Stephanie Bellinger, 24, more than 30 times as she slept in the bedroom of their home in Totton, Hampshire, in February.

He was jailed for life after being found guilty by a jury of the two murders. The term set by Mr Justice Holroyde is the minimum he will serve before he can be eligible for parole.

The prosecution said the killing of receptionist Miss Bellinger had "powerful elements of sexual motivation and revenge" after Marsh said he heard voices in his head to kill them both.

Their daughter Lili Marsh was stabbed once through the head as she lay on the same bed.

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