Family weep at Milly murder verdict
The tortured family of schoolgirl Milly Dowler became hysterical as killer Levi Bellfield was found guilty of her murder.
Distraught Bob Dowler tried to hold back his emotions as he attempted to console his wife and daughter when they went to pieces at the Old Bailey.
A jury found Bellfield, 43, guilty of 13-year-old Milly's abduction and murder in March 2002, following a one-month trial. It has taken nine years for Mr Dowler, 59, and his family to get justice for Milly, even though the murderer lived just 50 yards from where she vanished.
Teacher Sally Dowler, 51, began to shake and cry along with Gemma, 25, at the back of the court. But Bellfield yawned as he was led from court and later refused to come back into the court.
As Mrs Dowler was helped through the double doors, she collapsed on to the floor, wailing. In unprecedented scenes, Gemma also became hysterical, screaming and calling out "Guilty".
Mrs Dowler was picked up and taken away in the care of the court matron as her daughter lost control outside the courtroom. The women's screams could be heard for several minutes as people watched in shocked silence.
Bellfield, a former wheelclamper and bouncer, killed Marsha McDonnell, 19, in 2003 and murdered Amelie Delagrange, 22, and attempted to murder Kate Sheedy, 18, in 2004. All the attacks took place near bus stops on the borders of London and Surrey. There was no apparent motive except a hatred of women.
Ms Sheedy was in court to hear the verdicts, along with the parents of Ms Delagrange.
Bellfield, was jailed for life for those crimes in February 2008 and was told he would never be released. He is now due to receive another life term to run alongside the existing jail sentence in Wakefield prison, where he spends most of the day locked in his cell.
The jury was sent home until Friday to consider a verdict on a count of attempted abduction of 11-year-old Rachel Cowles, the day before Milly disappeared.