17th July 1982,
Pretending to know Keith Cunningham, the brother of
England footballer, Laurie Cunningham, who was the
father of one of Norma Richards children, he offered to
walk her home from a pub.
was raped, beaten and then stabbed twice in the neck and
twice in the chest with an antique bayonet.
the children could identify him he then stabbed 9 year
old Samantha 9 times, and drowned 7 year old Syretta, he
placed both dead children in a bath of cold water.
He also painted National Front graffiti on their house
in an attempt to mislead the police into thinking the
attack was racist.
daughter, Rhodene Cunningham, aged 4 at the time, had
been staying with her grandmother for the weekend, it
was this 4 year old girl that discovered her mother and
Cunningham, in 2010, 32 years old and a mother herself,
said: “When I was four, I found my mum and my sisters
dead in our flat we lived in. I was really scared; my
mum was just lying there covered in blood. I ran
upstairs and my sisters were in the bath. They were dead
had been married to international footballer, Laurie
Cunningham, it was
only when a biography on him was being written, and the
author contacted police for information that a cold case
review was conducted.
able to take advantage of new DNA forensic techniques to
link Dyce to the crimes, his fingerprints were a match
for those found at the scene in 1982.
arrested and charged with triple murder.
November 2010, Trial starts at The Old Bailey in
December 2010, Dyce convicted at the Old Bailey
The judge said: "These were offences of unspeakable
brutality and utmost gravity. You got away with these
offences for 28 years and since your arrest last year,
you have shown no remorse whatsoever. I am satisfied the
seriousness of these offences is exceptionally high and
you should never be released."
Anthony Morris QC, sentenced Dyce to life
imprisonment with no consideration for parole.
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