Killer who stabbed young mum to death with two screwdrivers jailed for life

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A man who killed a 27-year-old mother using a pair of screwdrivers, leaving her with 199 separate injuries, has been jailed for life – with a minimum of 17 years.

Jackson, who had known Ms Taylor for some time, hid the young mother’s body under a duvet, with weights and push bikes stacked on top.

Police found the body of Mckyla Taylor at a flat in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, on August 16 last year.

Mckyla Taylor with her mother Emma Sentence

Her family had alerted them the previous day when she stopped responding to their calls and messages, and entry was forced into her flat at 2am.

Ms Taylor was pronounced dead at around 2.30am by paramedics and a post-mortem investigation later revealed the extent of the injuries she had suffered.

Forensic evidence showed most of the injuries had been inflicted inside the bedroom by two screwdrivers discovered in the living room.

A few hours later, David Jackson arrived at the scene to retrieve a jumper and casually mentioned to an officer that he had killed someone upstairs.

Jackson, 68, pleaded guilty to murder at Nottingham Crown Court Thursday (May 1) after staying silent throughout police interviews.

After his sentencing, Ms Taylor’s mum Emma Sentence said in a statement: ‘Mckyla had a smile that would light up the room and a contagious laugh. She was just a fun-loving girl.

‘I still remember the weekend she was killed as if it was yesterday.

‘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.’

The young mother’s body was found on the bedroom floor of the Lowtown Street flat, with the duvet weighed down by bikes stacked on top.

She was pronounced dead by paramedics at 2.30am, and a post-mortem investigation found she had suffered 199 injuries to the head and body.

Forensic evidence revealed most of them had been inflicted with a pair of screwdrivers that were found in the living room.

Ms Taylor’s 26-year-old brother Callum is now looking after her one-year-old daughter, in the same home where his big sister had grown up.

He said: ‘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.

A young Mckyla Taylor with her brother Callum, who is now raising her child, and sister Nicole

‘Mckyla was a lovely and loving person. She always put other people first. If she was in a house fire Mckyla was the sort of person who would be the last out.

‘We were really close growing up and went to the same primary school. I can remember the camping holidays we went on as a family which were so much fun.’

He added: ‘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.’

Jailing Jackson for life with a minimum of 17 years behind bars, Judge James Sampson said the killer would not be eligible for parole for another 16 years and 135 days, taking into account the 230 days he has already served in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Clare Dean, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘The attack Jackson inflicted on Mckyla was relentless, causing catastrophic injuries which ultimately led to her death.

‘He has taken away a loving and caring mum, daughter, sister, and friend.

‘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.’

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