Self-confessed ‘psychopath’, 47, who killed his neighbor because he ‘didn’t like her’ and then sat watching TV in her flat as she lay dying, sentenced to life in prison
- David Mottram, 47, murdered his neighbor Samantha Heap in Congleton, Cheshire, on March 2
- Mottram brutally attacked 45-year-old Miss Heap ‘because he didn’t like her’
- “I feel no shame, compassion or regret for what I did to my neighbor,” he said
- Judge Michael Keeling sentenced him to life with a minimum term of 30 years
A self-confessed psychopath who killed his neighbor because he “didn’t like her” must serve a minimum of 30 years before being eligible for release.
David Mottram, 47, murdered Samantha Heap on March 2 in Mount Pleasant-supported housing in Congleton, Cheshire.
Chester Crown Court heard Mottram committed the ‘cold-blooded first degree murder’ after taking a plastic cord to her flat and using her to strangle her.
David Mottram, 47, murdered Samantha Heap on March 2 in an assisted living accommodation in Congleton, Cheshire, on March 2.
After the murder, Mottram sat in Miss Heap’s flat and watched television – later saying that killing her made him feel high.
He also took a knife from her kitchen and used it to inflict 14 sharp injuries, including three stab wounds – to her face, cheek and back.
Miss Heap, 45, had nine broken ribs and more than 60 injuries to her body.
The court heard that Miss Heap, who was independent but unsteady on her feet, had ordered a takeaway which was delivered before 5pm.
Shortly afterwards, Mottram, who lived in the flat below, forced his way into her house before subjecting her to a brutal and sustained attack.
He placed a wooden DVD unit on her body as she lay dying on the floor.
At 10:27 p.m., after returning to his flat, he called Crisis Line and informed the operator that he had killed his neighbor.
He said he had been in Miss Heap’s flat and watched television and added that killing her had given him a buzz.
The court heard that there was a “debris of disturbance” in Miss Heap’s flat and that she suffered defensive injuries.
The murder devastated Miss Heap’s relatives. Her aunt said, ‘She was a sweet, warm person. She had no evil in her.’
A pathologist gave neck compression as the cause of death.
While in custody awaiting trial, Mottram wrote a letter to a relative saying, “I’ve been planning it for years.
“I feel no shame, compassion or regret for what I did to my neighbor. I never liked her. Sixteen and a half years with her is too long. I’ve always been a psychopath. Since I have committed the crime, I must do the time.’
Despite that confession, Mottram denied murder. But he was found guilty last week after an eight-day trial.
The murder devastated Miss Heap’s relatives. Her aunt said, ‘She was a sweet, warm person. She had no evil in her. She didn’t deserve what happened.’
Benjamin Myers QC, softening, argued it was “not a 30-year case” and said the premise should be 15 years.
But Judge Michael Keeling sentenced Mottram to life with a minimum term of 30 years, minus the 208 days he spent in custody.
He is only eligible for release after approval by the probation commission.
The judge said the Mottram’s mental health problems and his diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ADS) provided only limited relief.
Judge Keeling said: ‘Acts of strangulation, manually and using a ligature, resulted in the death of the deceased.
“I’m sure your intent to kill your neighbor has been around for a long time because of your fame and your desire to be remembered.
“There is no doubt that you were aware of your actions at the time. You wanted to kill her and that’s exactly what you did.
“You are a dangerous man.”