Serial killer Levi Bellfield is ENGAGED and plans to marry the woman at HMP Frankland – after he got down on one knee and proposed in front of stunned prison staff
- Serial killer Levi Bellfield, 53, is engaged and has requested a prison wedding
- He got down on one knee and proposed to a woman who had been visiting him
- Bellfield is serving two whole life orders for the murder of at least three people
Serial killer Levi Bellfield is engaged and has requested a prison wedding, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.
Bellfield has applied for permission to marry a woman while he is serving two whole life orders for murdering Marsha McDonnell, Amelie Delagrange and Milly Dowler.
News of his upcoming nuptials prompted outcry. Former Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told The Sun newspaper, which first reported the news, that the proposed prison nuptials ‘beggars belief’.
He added: ‘Milly never got to see her wedding day. It cannot be right that he gets to have his.’
Bellfield has applied for permission to marry a woman while he is serving two whole life orders for murdering Marsha McDonnell, Amelie Delagrange and Milly Dowler
The Sun said he is engaged to a female visitor and got down on one knee to propose in front of prison staff at HMP Frankland in County Durham.
Former justice secretary Robert Buckland said people will be ‘rightly shocked’ to hear he has become engaged, with director of the Centre for Crime Prevention, David Spencer, calling the marriage an ‘insult’ to his victim’s families.
It is understood that the woman began corresponding with Bellfield after he wrote to her two years ago. She now visits him weekly, the newspaper reported.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: ‘An application has been received and is being considered in the usual way.’
However, it is understood that Bellfield’s application is still being processed and is not at any further advanced stage.
The 53-year-old killer would need the permission of the prison governor to marry at the category A men’s prison.
Bellfield was given a whole life term for murdering Ms McDonnell, 19, in 2003, and murdering Ms Delagrange, 22, and attempting to murder Kate Sheedy, 18, in 2004.
He was already serving this sentence when he went on trial for killing schoolgirl Milly, who was snatched from the street walking from school to her home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in March 2002.
Bellfield was found guilty of abducting and killing the 13-year-old following a trial at the Old Bailey in 2011.
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