Grandfather gets life for murder of Debbie Levey

Phillip Brown
Phillip Brown
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A GRANDFATHER was today sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Debbie Levey.

Phillip Brown, of Gainsborough Drive, Selsey, who was last week convicted of the murder of Ms Levey, was told he would serve at least 15 years in prison.

Sentencing him at Lewes Crown Court, Judge Anthony Scott-Gall said: “This was a dreadful crime where you killed a decent, hard working mother and a valued member of society.

“You have not shown a flicker of remorse.”

He added: “Tears that you have shed have been crocodile tears, replete with self pity.”

Developing an ‘obsession’ with Ms Levey, Brown pursued her relentlessly after she ended her relationship with him, at one point sending her pictures of himself self-harming.

Ms Levey was found smothered at her East Ashling home, named Cherry Tree Cottage, before 8am on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Brown was arrested the same day and bailed, later being charged with murder on May 28, 2013. He denied any wrongdoing throughout the trial.

A second charge of rape against a different victim was ordered to lie on file by the court.