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Monday 23 October 2017

Uncle jailed for life for 'snuff' movie murder of niece (12)

Horrific: Killer stabbed and strangled babysitter in sexual fantasy

A man who raped and murdered his 12-year-old niece, acting out scenes from his collection of pornographic "snuff" movies, has been sent to jail for the rest of his life.

John Maden (38) lured Tia Rigg to his home in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, to babysit his daughter. His real intention was to turn his fantasies of extreme child abuse into reality.

A neighbour saw the child arrive at the front door shortly before 3pm on Saturday, April 3. Less than an hour later Maden calmly dialled 999 to tell the operator that he had stabbed and strangled his niece.

In unemotional tones he said: "I've just finished killing her now." Asked why he had done such a thing, he replied: "Because I felt like it."

Maden, an unemployed warehouseman, changed his plea to guilty to murder before his trial at Manchester Crown Court.



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He displayed no emotion in the dock as Mr Justice Keith told him that he would never be released. He told Maden: "This was a horrific crime in which a girl who had everything to live for and placed her trust in you was inveigled into your lair.

"It was premeditated and her agony must have been prolonged."

Maden -- bald and bearded -- had separated from his wife, with whom he had a 10-year-old daughter.

Prosecutor Gordon Cole said Maden had asked his sister, Lynne Rigg, if Tia could babysit.

"He was clearly planning to enact his sexual fantasy and to kill Tia," said Mr Cole.

Maden opened the door to officers responding to the 999 call. He directed them upstairs where they found her, naked, with her hands tied behind her back with shoe laces. She had been stabbed and strangled.

Mr Cole said that Maden had developed an obsessive interest in violent pornography in the year leading up to the child's death. He had an extensive library of literature dealing with methods of killing. He downloaded pornography on to a laptop from which he burnt dozens of CD-roms featuring extreme images of bondage, rape, sadomasochism and violent sexual acts.

There was also a large collection of files stored on his mobile phone labelled "snuff", "snuff stories", "brutal rape" and "extreme rape".

The court heard that Maden told police officers that he had heard voices, one good and one bad. He said that the bad voice had been controlling him.

At the time of the murder he was taking prescription drugs for psychosis and mild depression but medical evidence suggested that the criteria for a full diagnosis of a psychotic mental illness had not been met.

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