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Mckyla Taylor: Screwdriver killer jailed for inflicting 199 injuries on young mum during ‘relentless’ attack | UK News

A pensioner who murdered a young mum by inflicting almost 200 wounds during a “brutal” screwdriver attack has been jailed for life. 

David Jackson, 68, hid the body of Mckyla Taylor, 27, under a duvet on the bedroom floor of his flat in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, after killing her on 16 August last year.

A few hours after police discovered Ms Taylor’s remains, Jackson arrived at the scene asking if he could retrieve a jumper from the property, in Lowtown Street.

He then casually informed an officer that he had killed someone upstairs.

Jackson, described by police as a “drug user”, and Ms Taylor, who had known each other for some time, met up a day earlier on 15 August.

Her family contacted police when she failed to respond to their calls and messages.

Her body was discovered with weights and pushbikes stacked on top when officers forced their way into the flat around 2am on 16 August.

She was pronounced dead around 2.30am, with a post-mortem investigation showing she had suffered 199 separate injuries to her head and body in what police described as a “relentless” attack.

Most of the injuries were inflicted in the bedroom by two screwdrivers found in the living room.

The body of Mckyla Taylor, 27, was found at a flat in Worksop last August
The body of Mckyla Taylor, 27, was found at a flat in Worksop last August

Jackson was jailed for a minimum of 17 years after pleading guilty to murder at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday.

He was silent in police interviews and continued to deny murder until a trial was due to begin, “inflicting further pain and anxiety on her loved ones”, Nottinghamshire Police said.

In a statement issued via the force, Ms Taylor’s mother, Emma Sentence, 45, hailed her daughter and “best friend” as a “fun-loving girl” with a smile that would “light up the room” and who had a “contagious laugh”.

Mckyla Taylor pictured with her mother and "best friend", Emma Sentence
Mckyla Taylor with her mother and ‘best friend’, Emma Sentence

“I still remember the weekend she was killed as if it was yesterday,” she said.

“We had a lovely weekend sunbathing, listening to music and doing our nails and then she left and that was the last time I saw her.”

Ms Taylor’s brother, Callum Taylor, 26, will now be taking care of her one-year-old daughter in the same home her mother grew up in.

“It is like a part of Mckyla is coming home,” he said.

‘No sentence will ever be enough’

“Mckyla had always wanted to be a mum and was so thrilled when she found out she was pregnant. I just want to do my best to bring up her daughter and give her a normal, loving life.”

Ms Taylor was a “lovely and loving person who always put other people first,” Mr Taylor added.

“If she was in a house fire Mckyla was the sort of person who would be the last out.

Mckyla Taylor pictured with her older sister, Nicole, and younger brother, Callum
Mckyla Taylor as a child with her older sister, Nicole, and younger brother, Callum

“No sentence will ever be enough for what happened to Mckyla.

“I will never forget waking up that day and hearing she had been killed.

“I cannot understand why anyone would want to hurt someone that kind.

“I don’t really feel like I have been through the grieving process yet. I’ve just wanted to stay strong for others.”

Her older sister, Nicole, 29, described her as the “life and soul of the party” and said she was “always bubbly, always singing, always dancing”.

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Sentencing judge James Sampson said Jackson would not be eligible for parole for 16 years and 135 days – taking into account the 230 days served in custody.

He also praised the family for their dignity throughout the court proceedings.

Speaking after the sentencing, Nottinghamshire Police detective chief inspector Clare Dean said: “Mckyla was a young woman who was loved and adored by her family and many friends.

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“Her life was taken away from her in the most brutal fashion by David Jackson, who has shown very little remorse and would not give any account in interview.

“The attack Jackson inflicted on Mckyla was relentless, causing catastrophic injuries which ultimately led to her death.

“Today’s sentence will not bring Mckyla back, but it does mean that Jackson will spend a considerable part of his life behind bars, and I hope this gives her family some comfort.”

Nicola Bulley: Diving expert defends team’s involvement in search for missing mum of two | UK News

A diving expert who joined the search for missing Nicola Bulley has defended his involvement after a body was found near where she went missing.

The body – which is yet to be formally identified – was found about a mile from where the 45-year-old was last seen walking her dog beside the River Wyre in Lancashire on 27 January.

Peter Faulding and his team at Specialist Group International (SGI) joined the search on 6 February and spent three days scanning the riverbed with hi-tech equipment with no success.

And following Sunday’s discovery, Mr Faulding defended his team’s work, insisting: “We thoroughly search[ed] the riverbed and can categorically confirm that Nicola was not laying on the riverbed on the [three] days that we searched.

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“We did search the stretch of river where Nicola was found for four hours on our first day and then upstream past the weir on the subsequent two days.

“The police underwater search teams and land search teams were searching for three full weeks and were also unable to find Nicola.

“Unfortunately, it was a member of the public that made a grim discovery, unconfirmed as yet to be Nicola.”

In the statement, Mr Faulding said the body was found in the reeds at the side of the river “which was not part of our remit”.

He added: “A riverbank and wade search would be the only way to search this area and we were not involved or tasked with that search.

“The difference between these two search areas has caused a lot of confusion and unfair criticism towards myself and my team at Specialist Group International (SGI).

The diving expert added: “I did not volunteer my services, my equipment or my team for any limelight or publicity.

“I simply wanted to lend extra resources to help a family in despair and this was supported by Lancashire Police.

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How the police search unfolded

“However, there has been unprecedented media and public interest in this case and at every turn, I was asked for an update on my own search, which I provided with only best intentions.

“Support for my assistance and my actions have been overwhelmingly positive although I am aware of that some negativity has been towards myself and my team.”

SGI is a recognised underwater search team for several counties and has worked alongside Thames Valley police for years.

The SGI statement ended: “Sadly, for circumstances out of our control, and as hard as we try, sometimes we are unable to locate the missing person.”

Nicola Bulley: Police vow to bring missing mum home as they urge search teams to scour river bank for clothes | UK News

Police searching for missing mother-of-two Nicola Bulley have vowed to “bring her home” as they called on members of the public to keep a look out for sightings of her clothes.

Officers believe the 45-year-old “sadly” fell into the River Wyre while she was walking her dog last Friday morning.

Search teams from Lancashire Constabulary are continuing to trawl the waterway near St Michael’s.

They are being helped by specialists and divers from HM Coastguard, mountain rescue, and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service – with sniffer dogs, drones, and police helicopters also being used.

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‘We believe Nicola sadly fell into river’

Meanwhile, they have urged the public to look out along the river for the items of clothing that Ms Bulley was last seen wearing.

This includes an ankle-length black quilted gilet jacket, a black Engelbert Strauss waist-length coat, tight-fitting black jeans, long green walking socks, ankle-length green Next wellies, a necklace and a pale blue Fitbit.

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Retracing Nicola Bulley’s journey

Detectives are also analysing CCTV and dashcam videos, and members of the public with footage which could be useful have been urged to come forward.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Superintendent Sally Riley said there may have been an “issue with the dog that led her to the water’s edge, she puts her phone down to go and deal with the dog momentarily, and Nicola may have fallen in”.

Police have speculated that Nicola Bulley had an issue with her dog, Willow.
Police have speculated that Nicola Bulley had an issue with her dog, Willow.

However, Ms Bulley’s partner Paul Ansell, 44, said he would “never lose hope” of finding her.

“We’re never, ever going to lose hope, of course we’re not, but it is as though she has vanished into thin air. It’s just insane,” he said.

The 44-year-old said his “whole focus is my two girls” and that he was “hoping to goodness” that people would come forward with new information.

Jamal Edwards’ mum Brenda marks late son’s birthday with fundraiser on ‘bittersweet day’ to celebrate his life | Ents & Arts News

Music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards’ mum Brenda has paid tribute to her son on what would have been his 32nd birthday.

The YouTube star, who helped launch the careers of artists including Ed Sheeran, Dave and Jessie J, died suddenly at home in Acton, west London, in February.

Ahead of a fundraising celebration to mark his birthday, TV presenter and stage star Brenda Edwards told Sky News it was a “bittersweet day”.

“It has only been six months and it’s been a hard six months for myself, his sister and the family and his close friends,” she said. “But we feel that we have to do something to celebrate.”

Born in Luton, Jamal grew up on a council estate and went on to be appointed an MBE for services to music as well as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, which helps young people set up their own businesses.

His online urban music platform SBTV helped dozens of UK artists rise to prominence over the years.

Acts including Big Narstie, Mist and Fleur East are due to perform at the SBTV “mega cook-up” to mark what would have been his birthday on Wednesday, with surprise guest performances also promised.

Following Jamal’s death, many music stars including Sheeran paid tribute. In July, the Shape Of You star released the video for Are You Entertained, a collaboration with US rapper Russ, which had been planned by his late friend.

“I wish Jam was here to see it, I wish we’d done it together, but he would be buzzing how all his people came together and brought his vision to life,” Sheeran said at the time.

“Ed and Jamal’s relationship has gone for many, many, many years and I’m just really grateful,” Brenda said. “Ed’s been so supportive. There has been so much support from all around, so I’m really grateful for everything.”

She said the birthday event was about celebrating her son’s life “in the best way that we know how [as] music was one of the ways that he tried to bring everybody together”.

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File photo dated 26/03/15 of Jamal Edwards with his Member of the British Empire (MBE), after it was awarded to him by the Prince of Wales at an Investiture Ceremony, at Buckingham Palace in central London. British entrepreneur Jamal Edwards has died at the age of 31, according to the BBC. Issue date: Sunday February 20, 2022.

She added: “It’s going to be a bittersweet day but I’m smiling thinking about him as well as the sad emotion that I’ve obviously got…

“I know he’s going to be looking down watching us.”

Earlier in August, a coroner concluded that Edwards died after taking cocaine and suffering cardiac arrhythmia.

Following his death, his mother warned others of the dangers of taking recreational drugs, saying in a statement: “It’s so important that we drive more conversation about the unpredictability of recreational drugs.

“Jamal is proof that this can happen to anyone. His passing has shown that one bad decision on any one occasion can lead to devastating consequences.”

Proceeds from the birthday fundraiser will go to the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust, which was set up in his memory to help combat homelessness, support people with mental health issues, and provide life skills to young people in need.

Man charged with murder of missing Basildon mum after body found in Wat Tyler Country Park | UK News

A man has been charged with the murder of a young mother following the discovery of a body in a country park.

Madison Wright, of Basildon in Essex, was last seen alive on 22 July and was wearing a pink top, black trousers and flip flops.

The 30-year-old’s black Vauxhall Astra was found four days later on 26 July in Brackendale Avenue in Basildon.

Forensics teams at the police cordon at Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon, Essex. Pic: Essex Police
Forensics officers at the police cordon at Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon, Essex. Pic: Essex Police

Essex Police arrested a man on Friday, and on Sunday officers charged Gary Bennett with murder.

The 36-year-old, from Pitsea, is due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The force said that a body was found at Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon on Saturday.

The park and nearby recycling centre remain shut whilst officers continue with their enquiries.

Madison Wright's car was found in Brackendale Avenue, Basildon, Essex, on 26 July. Pic: Essex Police
Ms Wright’s car was found in Brackendale Avenue, Basildon, Essex, on 26 July. Pic: Essex Police

The body has yet to be formally identified but Ms Wright’s family have been informed of the development and are being supported by specialist officers, police said.

Police want to speak to anyone who has information but has not yet come forward, in particular anyone who saw Ms Wright or her car between 8.30am on 22 July and 26 July.

The force is also appealing for CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to the incident.

Essex Police can be contacted about the incident on a dedicated phone line on 0207 1267612.

Information can also be reported online at or anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.