Sarah Payne Bio
Sarah Evelyn Isobel Payne an 8-year-old school girl, was the victim of a high-profile abduction and murder in England in July 2000. The subsequent investigation became a prominent case in the United Kingdom. Her murderer, Roy Whiting, was convicted in December 2001 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
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Sarah Payne Age
She was 8 years old
Sarah Payne Killer
Roy William Whiting was born in Horsham hospital in West Sussex on 26 January 1959. He was one of six children born to George and Pamela Whiting, but three of his siblings died in infancy; his only surviving siblings were an older brother and younger sister. He grew up in Langley Green, Crawley. He attended Jordan’s primary school, then Ifield secondary school. In June 1986 he married Linda Booker in Ifield, West Sussex. They separated before their son was born in July 1987 and divorced in 1990
Whiting was involved in banger racing during the late 1980s, but abandoned his interest in the sport due to a lack of success.
Sarah Payne’s disappearance
Sarah Payne, who lived in Hersham, Surrey, disappeared on the evening of 1 July 2000 from a cornfield near the home of her paternal grandparents, Terence and Lesley Payne, in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, England. Payne had been playing with her two elder brothers (aged 13 and 11 at the time) and younger sister (aged 6). A nationwide search commenced within 48 hours, and Payne’s parents made numerous television and newspaper appeals for her safe return. On the evening of 2 July 2000, officers from Sussex Police first visited Whiting making inquiries into Payne’s disappearance. A number of other suspects were also questioned and at least one other arrest is known to have been made.
Police officers and numerous volunteers scoured the area around Littlehampton for clues to Sarah’s disappearance, and her family made daily appeals on national television news for help in finding Sarah. On 10 July, police announced that they had received information regarding the sighting of a girl who matched Sarah’s description at Knutsford Services on the M6 motorway in Cheshire on the morning after her disappearance. Three days later, Michael and Sara Payne were warned by police to “prepare for the worst”, explaining that the emphasis of their inquiries had shifted and that there was a possibility that their daughter might not be found safe and we
On 17 July, a body was found in a field near Pulborough, some 24 km (15 mi) from Kingston Gorse where she had disappeared. Within 24 hours, forensic science tests confirmed that the body was that of Sarah Payne, and Sussex Police began a murder investigation.
Sarah Payne Murder investigation
Whiting was first questioned about the disappearance of Payne, which had taken place about 8 km (5 mi) from Whiting’s home, some 24 hours after she went missing. Whiting was routinely questioned as he had been placed on the sex offender registry. On the officers’ first visit to Whiting’s home earlier that day, he was not there. The police returned five hours later and questioned Whiting for over an hour before leaving.
Soon after questioning, Whiting walked to his van, but was stopped by undercover police and arrested.Whiting spent two days in custody, but there was no evidence to press any charges and Whiting was released on bail. Police had found a receipt for fuel from Buck Barn garage on the A24, not far from Coolham where one of Payne’s shoes was found. This contradicted his alibi of being at a funfair in Hove at 5:30 pm and then returning to his flat by 9:30 pm on the night that Payne had disappeared.
On 20 July, a shoe was recovered from a roadside in the village of Coolham, three miles from Pulborough, and identified as one of those belonging to Sarah Payne.
On 23 July 2000, Whiting stole a Vauxhall Nova and was pursued by police at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) before crashing into a parked vehicle. Whiting was arrested on a charge of dangerous driving. Whiting was remanded in custody until 27 September 2000, when he admitted taking the car and driving dangerously and was jailed for 22 months
After Whiting began his jail term for the car theft and dangerous driving, detectives carried out forensic tests on his 1988 white Fiat Ducato van, which he had bought on 23 June 2000. On 6 February 2001, following a police enquiry, Whiting was charged with the abduction and murder of Sarah Payne.
Sarah Payne Trial
By 6 February 2001, Sussex Police had enough evidence to press charges against Whiting, who appeared at Lewes Crown Court that day, charged with abduction and murder. Whiting pleaded not guilty to both charges and was remanded in custody, with his trial due to start on 14 November 2001. He was still serving his sentence for the motoring offenses at this stage, but the new charges against him prevented his release from prison during the summer of that year for the motoring offenses.
On 14 November 2001, at Lewes Crown Court, the jury heard from several witnesses. The key witnesses included Payne’s oldest brother who had seen a ‘scruffy-looking man with yellowish teeth’ drive by. However, Lee Payne did not pick out Whiting when he was selected for an identity parade. One of Payne’s shoes was found by a member of the public in a country lane and forensic tests had found fibres from Whiting’s van on the shoe. This was the only item of Payne’s clothing to be recovered. A strand of blonde hair on a T-shirt was found in Whiting’s van. A DNA test established there was a one-in-a-billion chance of it belonging to anyone other than Payne
On 12 December 2001, after a four-week trial before Mr Justice Curtis and a jury, Whiting was convicted of the abduction and murder of Payne and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial judge said it was a rare case in which a life sentence should mean life.
After Whiting was convicted, hprevious convictions were revealed; it had previously been withheld from the jury and media amid police fears that any knowledge in court of his previous conviction could jeopardize the trial and in the event of being convicted, Whiting would argue that he had been tried on the evidence of an earlier crime, paving the way for a potentially successful appeal. There were renewed calls for the government to allow controlled public access to the sex offender’s register, although the Home Office commented the day after Whiting’s conviction that such a system would be “unworkable” and run the risk of driving pedophiles “underground”, making it more difficult for the police to monitor and locate them, as well as putting them in danger of vigilante attacks.
This case is also notable for the extensive use of forensic sciences in establishing the prosecution case against Whiting. Twenty forensic experts from a variety of fields were employed during the inquiry, including entomology, palynology/environmental profiling, pathology, geology, archaeology, oil/lubricant analysis. It has been estimate that the investigation involved one thousand personnel and cost more than £2 million.
Sarah Payne Murderer Sentencing
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On 24 November 2002, Home Secretary David Blunkett ordered that Roy Whiting must serve a minimum of 50 years in prison. This made him ineligible for parole until 2051, meaning that he would have to live to be at least 92 before parole could be considered; this was in effect an agreement with the trial judge’s recommendation of a whole life tariff. Within 48 hours of the ruling being made, the Law Lords and the European Court of Human Rights had ruled in favour of another convicted murderer (Anthony Anderson) who was challenging the right of politicians to decide how long a murderer must spend in prison before being considered for parole.
In June 2004, it was confirmed that Whiting would be applying to the Court of Appeal for a new minimum term to be set. On 9 June 2010, Whiting’s appeal resulted in his 50-year jail term being reduced by 10 years by a High Court judge. Whiting’s lawyers argued that the 50-year tariff, imposed just before the power of Home Secretaries to determine how long prisoners sentenced to life should serve lapsed, was politically motivated; the decision was also made at a time when the government was under fire from the public and media over a firefighters strike. Mr Justice Simon said that under 2010 sentencing guidelines, Whiting may have received a whole life tariff, but apparently arrived at the 40-year term by retroactively applying guidelines from the time of the original sentencing. Whiting is now serving a 40-year minimum term, which is set to keep him in prison until at least 2041 when he will be 82. Payne’s mother, Sara, was present and said she was “disappointed” by the decision and “life should mean life”.
Sarah Payne Mother
The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne has revealed returning to the spot she was kidnapped 19 years on was like ‘exorcizing ghosts’.
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) July 4, 2019
Sara Payne, 50, said going back to the place where her little girl was abducted and murdered was one of the most painful things she has done since losing her.
She made the journey to the field in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, where her eight-year-old daughter was taken as part of a new ITV documentary that reflects on the horrendous impact the her death has had on the entire family.
Mrs Payne told the Mirror: ‘I don’t normally put my heart on my sleeve like that.
‘It was very difficult to do but it needed to be done. It was like exorcizing ghosts. It was something I did once, I probably won’t do that again.’
Sarah Payne’s mother Sara returns to daughter’s abduction spot for ITV documentary Susanna Reid: Sara Payne, 50, said going back to the place in West Sussex where her little girl Sarah was abducted and murdered was one of the most painful things she has… https://t.co/cnSAYTdOal pic.twitter.com/3fhvBOgDOw
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Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Sarah Payne was abducted and killed by pedophile Roy Whiting in July 2000
- Mother Sara, 50, campaigned tirelessly to get ‘Sarah’s Law’ passed in her name
- She returned to scene of crime in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex for documentary