Out On Bail Woman Killer John Sweeney Is Jailed For Murder
Sweeney was already serving a life sentence for attempting to murder girlfriend Delia Balmer with an axe in 1994,
Police are looking for three more women who knew Sweeney: a Brazilian called Irani, a Colombian called Maria and a woman called Sue.
The dismembered and headless body of Ms Fields was found in body bags in London’s Regent’s Canal in 2001. The torso of Miss Halstead was found in a canal in Rotterdam, Holland, in 1990, the court heard.
Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, told the jury:
“Police discovered amongst his possessions often lurid and demonic sketches and paintings, as well as pages of verse which reveal an obsessive and virulent hatred of women, and a preoccupation with dismemberment.
“By butchering and disposing of bodies in this way, the killer had intended that neither they should be identified, [n]or he should be.”
He was on bail when he attacked. You can read more here.
Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of a drawing by John Sweeney which is of Melissa Halstead. Melissa's dismembered body was found in the bag in the position depicted in the drawing. Sweeney was today was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering former girlfriends Halstead and Paula Fields and throwing their mutilated bodies in canals.