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Life Sentence for Luke D’Wit: ‘Cruel and Senseless’ Baxter Murders

Luke D’Wit, described as a “pathological liar,” has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 37 years for the brutal murders of Carol and Stephen Baxter on Mersea Island. The case, meticulously investigated by Essex Police, has resulted in one of the most significant sentences ever secured in the region.

During the trial, Lord Justice Lavender did not mince words. He labelled D’Wit’s actions as “cruel and senseless,” emphasising the gravity of the crimes. Detective Inspector Lydia George, the senior investigating officer, received a commendation for her relentless pursuit of justice.

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D’Wit’s manipulation and control over Carol Baxter during the two years leading up to her death were chilling. The court heard how he exerted the “ultimate form of control,” preying on vulnerabilities and trust. But it was the macabre step of monitoring the Baxters via mobile phones as they met their tragic end that shocked the nation.

D’Wit’s silence throughout the proceedings was equally disturbing. He never admitted guilt, leaving the court and the victims’ families without any explanation for his heinous acts. The lack of remorse only deepened the horror.

DI Lydia George, emotionally drained but resolute, spoke after the sentencing:

“It is simply impossible to quantify the loss of Carol and Stephen. They were more than victims; they were loving, generous parents who touched countless lives. They deserve to enjoy precious time with their grandchildren, plan holidays, and celebrate Christmases with family. But Luke D’Wit extinguished all those possibilities in April 2023. His attempts to cover up the truth and shift blame onto innocent parties were callous and calculated.”

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