Yolande Waddington: David Burgess sentenced for 1966 murder

Yolande Waddington
Image caption Yolande Waddington was last seen alive on 28 October 1966

A convicted child killer has been sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in jail for the murder of a girl in Berkshire 46 years ago.

Yolande Waddington, 17, who worked as a nanny, was found strangled in the village of Beenham in October 1966.

David Burgess, 64, was already serving a life sentence for killing nine-year-old girls Jeanette Wigmore and Jacqueline Williams in Beenham in 1967.

He was charged with Yolande's murder following advances in DNA techniques.

The jury at Reading Crown Court convicted Burgess on Friday by a majority verdict of 11 to one following a five-week trial.

Nine of the jurors returned to court to see Burgess sentenced.

Image caption How Burgess looked in the late 60s (left) compared with the present day

Yolande had only recently moved to the village to work as a nanny at a farm when she was killed.

She was last seen alive at the Six Bells pub on the evening of Friday, 28 October 1966.

Last year, Thames Valley Police carried out a review into the case and using a new technique obtained a partial DNA profile which matched Burgess's.

'Find peace'

He reportedly confessed to the killing to prison officers on three separate occasions.

After Friday's conviction, the family of Jeanette Wigmore released a statement expressing sympathy for the Waddington family.

The statement said: "We hope they can find some peace in the knowledge that their daughter's killer has at last been brought to justice after such a long time. Not knowing all of these years must have been terrible for them.

"As a family who have suffered over many years we wish to be left to get on with our lives in peace and hopefully you will respect our wishes."

Yolande's brother, Giles Waddington, broke down outside the court on Friday and told reporters: "Yolande's murder had a traumatic and irreversible effect on our family life and has cast a long shadow over nearly five decades."

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