Teen model’s killer jailed for more sex attacks

The former pub chef jailed for murdering and raping model Sally Anne Bowman may have confessed to two further sex attacks to maintain “a degree of notoriety”.

Mark Dixie, 47, was handed two more life sentences after being jailed for a minimum of 34 years in 2008 for repeatedly stabbing the 18-year-old before raping her while she was either dead or dying in 2005 in south London.

Over the course of 40 interviews, he confessed to two more attacks, including the rape of a woman when he was 16, after finally admitting to killing Miss Bowman in 2015.

During his trial he denied murdering the teenager and claimed he had sex with her after finding her already dead or dying, but was still found guilty.

On Friday, a judge at Southwark Crown Court sentenced Dixie to two life terms with a minimum of 28 years. The prosecution said he may have confessed to maintain “a degree of notoriety”.

His previous sentence meant he would not have been eligible for parole until 2040 – at the age of 69 – but the new sentence will add another four years.

At an earlier hearing, Judge Jeffrey Pegden QC said he was “satisfied” that Dixie remained a “serious danger to the public”.

He said the father-of-three’s offending had “escalated significantly” before he was jailed for the teenager’s murder.

Sally Anne Bowman

Image: Sally Anne Bowman was stabbed to death in 2005

Appearing by videolink from prison, he sat with his hands clasped in front of his face as his horrific crimes were outlined.

Dixie’s first victim was targeted in her own car in a south London car park in 1987.

He tied her up before setting the car on fire but she was able to escape. The court was told he “seemed delighted in her evident fear” as she became hysterical during the ordeal.

The second attack, in 2002, saw Dixie attack a woman with a chef’s steel, used to sharpen kitchen knives, before molesting her.

She managed to escape after being interrupted by a man who heard her screams.

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The court heard of another horrific sex attack in Australia and his barrister said Dixie had admitted to another sexual assault in Spain in 2005.

After the sentencing, senior investigator Chris Le Pere branded the prolific offender a “monster”.

He added: “We know he’s offended in Australia, Spain and here, and I believe he’s committed other serious offences here and abroad.

“I would appeal to anyone with information about Mark Dixie to come forward.”