Killer strangled and dismembered lover after sentence for murdering girlfriend

An evil bully who killed his girlfriend 30 years ago has been jailed for life after strangling his latest lover to death.

David Mitchell was just 23 when he drowned his girlfriend Kathleen McKenzie, 28 by tying her arms and legs together and holding her head under the water in a half-filled bath.

Her body was found a year later in the cellar of their Huddersfield, Yorks, home – hidden behind a board which had stones pushed against it and sprayed with perfume.

Forensics found 22 other separate injuries on Miss McKenzie's body before she died.

Mitchell, 53, confessed to the police when a woman he told, persuaded him to hand himself in.

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After serving 22 years and nine months in prison for the murder, Mitchell was released on licence on August 19, 2013 only for him to kill again within four months.

Mitchell met openly gay 46-year-old Robert Hind, known as Bob, when they were living at the same hostel in Dewsbury.

The pair began a homosexual relationship and when Mitchell moved to his own home in Huddersfield, they remained in contact.

On December 11 2013, Mr Hind visited Mitchell and was due back at the hostel by 3pm but was murdered by the convicted killer in a drunken rage.

Police launched a search for Mr Hind and found CCTV images of him with Mitchell at Huddersfield Bus Station.

A post mortem later showed he had been punched or kicked or stamped on before being strangled with a ligature at Mitchell’s home after they had been drinking vodka together.

The next day he was recorded on CCTV buying a hacksaw in Wilkinson’s store and a roll of bin bags in Poundland, two shops in Huddersfield.

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Mitchell then dismembered the body in his bathroom shower using a knife and the hacksaw.

He put the arms, legs, head and torso in various bags and disposed of them in or by the canal at Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, a short distance from his home.

He then tried to clean up the blood and almost succeeded in doing so but left one tiny blood spot which was found by police.

Inquiries showed Mitchell had that day looked on Google for details of the sex offences on boys which Mr Hind had previously been jailed for.

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After being arrested, Mitchell told police he had reacted in temper when Mr Hind told he was HIV positive after they had sex.

He later claimed he had attacked Mr Hind when he told him he had full blown AIDS as they were laid in bed.

But the prosecution disputed this account because Mitchell would have already known about Mr Hind's condition long before the attack took place.

Mitchell was given a whole life sentence for murdering Mr Hind and is expected to die behind bars.

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The prosecution case was that he had killed him in a revenge attack or during a drunken loss of temper.

Imposing a whole life sentence, Mr Justice Globe said it was justified because "the seriousness of the defendant’s offending is exceptionally high."

He said that both murders had involved violence and suffering prior to death and the dismemberment and concealment of Mr Hind’s body had added to the nightmare and heartache for his family.

After the case, a senior detective described Mitchell as 'extremely dangerous'.

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Detective Chief Inspector Mark McManus, of West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: "Mitchell is clearly an extremely dangerous man, having committed this offence just four months after being released on licence for a previous murder offence.

"Our communities are much safer knowing Mitchell will spend the rest of his life in custody."

In 2015 a report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman concluded that both Mitchell and Hind had appropriate probation supervision and there was nothing they could have done to predict of prevent Mr Hind's death.

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