April 2015

Paedophile pensioner jailed for life after stabbing to death young female student

David-Marshall

A convicted sex offender who stabbed to death a talented young student he befriended in a savage attack has been jailed for life.

David Marshall, 68, was caged for a minimum of 20 years and six months after a court heard how he stabbed Eni Mevish through the heart, liver and lungs at her digs in Stoke-on-Trent.

Marshall, who listened to his sentence at Stafford Crown Court via a prison videolink, pleaded guilty to the 20-year-old crime science student’s murder at a previous hearing.

Eni, described by friends and fellow students at Staffordshire University as bright, intelligent and well-liked, suffered 16 separate wounds inflicted with a ten-inch blade.

Judge John Wait was told that Marshall was on licence at time of the murder in November last year, having served a three-year sentence for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Eni, originally from Manchester, is believed to have met Marshall around six months before her death while she was out jogging.

Her killer, of Shelton, Staffs, was told by Judge Wait that he is likely to die behind bars and will not be considered for parole until he is aged at least 88.

Handing Marshall a concurrent 30-month sentence for wounding a man who tried to halt the fatal attack, Judge Wait told the defendant: “It is clear from the number and position of the wounds that you had an intention to kill.”

Tributes were placed outside Eni’s home in Stoke-on-Trent following the brutal murder last November.

Eni’s tutor, professor Andrew Jackson, said at the time that the entire student body had been left reeling after her death.

He said: “We are greatly saddened by the news of the death of Eni Mevish.

“This is a tragic loss and we offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

“Eni was a warm-hearted person and an able, enthusiastic and conscientious student.

“She was a very popular member of her cohort. There is no doubt that she will be truly missed by all who knew her.”