Man kills his former girlfriend and uses her mobile phone to look at pornographic sites

Steven Dunks 
By: Feng Qian 

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing his former girlfriend and using her mobile phone to browse pornographic websites, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, Steven Dunks, 45, has been sentenced to life imprisonment at the Manchester Crown Court for murdering 43-year-old Lynn Howarth at her home in Heywood.

He must serve a minimum of 19 years.

Howarth's badly beaten body was left on the floor of her kitchen for almost a month, until concern from her neighbors resulted in her body being found.

Rob Hall, Senior Crown Advocate for CPS North West said: "Today Steven Dunks has been jailed for a minimum of 19 years for committing a brutal murder.

"Lynn Howarth had recently ended a relationship with him and was beginning to move on with her life. However, Dunks became jealous and controlling, ultimately threatening that he would rather see her dead than see her with anyone else.

"He savagely beat her to death inside her own flat and then left her body while he withdrew cash from her bank account and used her Blackberry mobile phone to look at pornographic websites.

"To maintain the impression that Howarth was still alive he pretended to be her and engaged in an unpleasant text conversation on her Blackberry with her mother.

"Throughout the case, Steven Dunks has denied he was responsible for the murder, but after the jury carefully considered all the evidence, they have found him unanimously guilty of the murder."