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Double killer gets 25 years

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Cold-blooded murderer Garry Harding was today jailed for life for brutally bludgeoning two women to death at a Shrewsbury massage parlour.Cold-blooded murderer Garry Harding was today jailed for life for brutally bludgeoning two women to death at a Shrewsbury massage parlour. The 22-year-old gambling addict was told he must serve at least 25 years behind bars for the gruesome double murder of Annie Eels, 55, and Samantha Tapper, 23, last July. Mr Justice King today said the killing was "a frenzied attack on two defenceless women". He added: "It was brutal, violent and sustained." Harding showed no emotion as he was led away from the dock. Mr Melbourne Inman, for Harding, today said his client - who had no previous convictions - had been described by a co-worker as being like the movie character Forrest Gump. Read the full story in the Shropshire Star.

Cold-blooded murderer Garry Harding was today jailed for life for brutally bludgeoning two women to death at a Shrewsbury massage parlour.

The 22-year-old gambling addict was told he must serve at least 25 years behind bars for the gruesome double murder of Annie Eels, 55, and Samantha Tapper, 23, last July.

Mr Justice King today said the killing was "a frenzied attack on two defenceless women". He added: "It was brutal, violent and sustained."

Harding showed no emotion as he was led away from the dock.

Mr Melbourne Inman, for Harding, today said his client - who had no previous convictions - had been described by a co-worker as a being like the movie character Forrest Gump.

He said: "He had borderline personality disorder, but it fell short of diminished responsibility. He had no formal mental illness."

Mr Inman said Harding would suffer chronic periods dwelling on the "futility of his life" and "retire into fantasy".

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In a dramatic U-turn yesterday unemployed Harding, of Gilmour Court, Severn Street, Welshpool, admitted murdering the women, changing his plea less than two hours into the first day of his trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

It emerged he had gone to Rachael's Health Studio in Frankwell on July 1 last year to rob the brothel after racking up gambling debts of more than £16,500. He left with only £330.

Grandmother Mrs Eels, a receptionist at the Frankwell brothel, was bludgeoned at least 16 times with a hammer. Mother of one Miss Tapper, a prostitute, suffered at least 14 blows to the head.

Harding, a regular users of the sex business, had researched how to kill people using the internet.

Prosecutor Mr Stephen Linehan QC told the jury yesterday that Harding had searched websites about how to commit suicide and about how to commit murder as he looked for ways to escape his financial problems.

Harding carefully planned the horrific crime and left no forensic traces at the brothel linking him to the double killing, Mr Linehan said. But he was captured on Shrewsbury's CCTV network walking through the town centre.

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