Hair fetish killer jailed for life
A hair fetishist has been given a "whole life" jail sentence for the "depraved" and "callous" murder and mutilation of a mother of two.
Italian national Danilo Restivo was found guilty in just five hours on Wednesday by a jury at Winchester Crown Court of the murder of Heather Barnett, 48, in 2002.
The 39-year-old was also linked during his trial to the murder of 16-year-old Elisa Claps in Italy in 1993, who was killed using the same "hallmark" method.
The trial heard that Restivo entered the flat of his neighbour Mrs Barnett, in Bournemouth, Dorset, in November 2002 and bludgeoned her with a hammer before cutting her throat.
He then cut off her breasts and left a clump of someone else's hair in her right hand and some of her own underneath her left hand in the carefully planned ritualistic murder considered unique by detectives.
He left the body for Mrs Barnett's children, Caitlin, then 11, and Terry, then 14, to find in the bathroom.
The jury of five women and seven men agreed with the prosecution that the manner of Mrs Barnett's murder was Restivo's "hallmark" and linked the killing to the murder of Elisa, who disappeared in Potenza, Italy, in September 1993, even though he was not charged with it.
Speaking outside court, Mrs Barnett's sister, Denise Le Voir, said she was a feisty woman with a sense of humour who loved her children very, very much.
"Heather would have been horrified by the cruel and callous way Danilo Restivo designed her murder and mutilation so her children would find her body on return from school."
She called the killer arrogant and said the media spotlight should be on him and not her sister's family. She said that both the Claps and Barnett families were happy Restivo was now behind bars.