A sick killer has been jailed for life for abducting and murdering his ex-girlfriend as she cycled to work.
Evil Andrew Pearson laid in wait for Natalie Harker before grabbing her and dragging her to a secluded tent in nearby woodland.
He then had sex with her as she lay unconscious or dying, Teesside Live reports.
Pearson had denied the murder and abduction but he was convicted following a three-week trial at Teesside Crown Court.
Judge Stephen Ashurst today jailed him for life with a minimum term of 23 years and 320 days.
The judge said: “You took her lifeless body into the tent, stripped her of her clothes which you then folded and took into another part of the tent.
“Whether she was still breathing or not, you thought only of yourself, not just in the shock of the moment, but for hour after hour.”
Natalie, 30, had ended their 18-month relationship about two months before she was murdered on October 9 last year.
A jury heard she had been concerned about Pearson, 45, of Colburn, North Yorkshire, and she confided in friends and colleagues about being stalked and harassed by him.
The judge said Natalie did not take advice to contact the police, saying: “I tend to take the view that’s likely to be because Natalie thought the best of people. She was trusting and naive.”
The victim was reported missing when she failed to turn up to her cleaning job at a health centre.
North Yorkshire Police received a call from Pearson’s mother who said her son had told her the pair met up and had been walking together at around 4.30am when Natalie had accidentally slipped and fallen into a river, pulling him in too.
She said Pearson told her he pulled Natalie from the water and started CPR before taking her to his tent and continuing to do so.