Wiltshire

Man who killed step-daughter is refused parole

Zoe Evans
Image caption A post-mortem examination showed Zoe died from asphyxiation

A former soldier from Wiltshire who killed his step-daughter 13 years ago has been told he must remain in prison.

Miles Evans, from Warminster, was given a life sentence in 1998 when he was convicted of the murder of nine-year-old Zoe Evans.

Zoe's body was found partially buried in a badger's sett near to her family home in Warminster in March 1997. She had been missing for six weeks.

Evans had his parole refused and must remain in jail until February 2014.

'Callous killer'

Evans, who has always denied killing Zoe, was 24 when he was sent to prison.

In 2002 he applied for leave to appeal against his conviction but the Court of Appeal ruled that the conviction was "safe".

Image caption Evans has always denied killing Zoe

Zoe's disappearance in 1997 sparked what was at the time the biggest police search for a missing person in the UK.

Evans, an army lorry driver, took part in the search but the jury was told at his trial that he was seeking to cover his tracks.

The court heard that he was a "callous killer" and that he had taken his step-daughter from her bed during the night.

A post-mortem examination showed she died from asphyxiation.

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