Life sentence for cold killer described as a real ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

Phillip Brown
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‘YOU have not shown a flicker of remorse.’

Those were the damning words of a judge as killer Phillip Brown was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his former lover Debbie Levey.

Debbie Levey

Debbie Levey

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.

‘Tears that you have shed have been crocodile tears, replete with self-pity.’

Ms Levey’s body was found at her home, Cherry Tree Cottage on the B2178 in East Ashling, a village between Emsworth and Chichester, on January 28 last year.

Detectives’ suspicions were raised when the 44-year-old’s mobile phone was found at the bottom of a fish tank and ‘love bite’ marks were found on her neck.

The pair met at the Leaholme care home, in Gilmore Road, Chichester, in January 2012. Brown was a driver and Ms Levey was a care manager.

During the trial, 46-year-old Brown was described as a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character.

Detective Superintendent Ian Pollard, who led the inquiry, said: ‘This was a complex and painstaking investigation. We worked very closely with forensic scientists and the pathologist, as well as with the Crown Prosecution Service and our counsel, Mark Dennis QC, to show that Brown’s claim never to have been in Debbie’s home on the day of her death was a lie.

‘He evidently thought he could mask his evil act of smothering Debbie with a string of distractions, false clues and stories.

‘But we were eventually able to show, to the satisfaction of the jury, that he was indeed the killer, and justice has now been done for Debbie, and her family.

‘We pay tribute to her family, all of whom have borne the ordeal of the past 12 months with great dignity and fortitude. In particular the court evidence of Debbie’s 17-year-old daughter was clearly compelling.’

Brown, a grandfather, of Latham Road, Selsey, will serve at least 15 years.