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Peter Chapman

Kill Total:


Kill place:

County Durham

Kill date:

October 2009


Ashleigh Hall

Date of Birth:


Marital Status:





Chapman, a registered sex offender had a history of sex attacks and violence. In 1996 He was jailed for raping two prostitutes at knifepoint, and was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment, he was released in 2001.


Posing as 19 year old Peter Cartwright on the social networking website "Facebook" he communicated with 19 year old Ashleigh, as well as many other young girls. He claimed to be a 17 year old labourer and DJ from Stockton, and posted a picture of a young bare chested man.

Sunday 25th October  2009,   Chapman and the 17 year old Ashleigh arranged to meet up. She told her mother she was going to stay with friends. He kidnapped her, then raped and murdered her, dumping her body in a farmers field near Sedgefield.

A nationwide search for the car led police to Chapman, who initially denied all charges


Monday 8th March 2010, Chapman pleaded guilty to the charges of rape, kidnap and murder at Teesside Crown Court. He also admitted failing to tell police of a change of address, as required by the sex offenders register.


Chapman was jailed for fife, with the judge saying he should serve a minimum 35 years behind bars.


Judge Peter Fox QC


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