3rd July 2002, McDowell posed as a
rent boy and flirted with trainee Rabi Andreas Hinz. After
quite a few drinks they then went back to McDowell's home.
Within moments McDowell attacked 37-year-old
Mr Hinz, strangling him.
He sat with the corpse overnight, the next
morning he went out to borrow a chainsaw.
On returning he dragged the body to the
bathroom where he used the saw to dismember the body. He
then put body parts in to by-liners and put them out for the
dustman to collect.
The rubbish collection was missed that week,
plus it was a very hot summer. Flies soon surrounded the
area and the terrible smell attracted attention.
14th July 2002, Within days McDowell
was arrested, admitting his crime to police saying 'I
have been having nightmares'.
after his arrest McDowell was sent to Rampton
Secure hospital for evaluation before he could stand trial.
Thursday 30th September 2004, McDowell
admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished
responsibility, claiming he was a 'Controlled Psychopath',
the jury rejected this and found him unanimously guilty of
Friday 1st October 2004, McDowell
sentenced to life imprisonment. The judge said " I do not
know whether it will ever be thought safe to release you
into the community". McDowell was given a 'Whole Life
Tariff', see the full list of prisoners on the home office
list of those never to be released here