Killer of missing Leeds woman jailed for life

19/12/2014

Martin Bell was today sentenced to life with a minimum of 12 years at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility for killing Leeds woman Gemma Simpson in 2000. Bell buried Gemma’s body at North Yorkshire beauty spot, Brimham Rocks, where it lay undiscovered for 14 years until Bell led police to the site earlier this year.

Shaun Sigamoney, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: "Martin Bell committed a dreadful crime. After killing Gemma, he compounded  this by burying her body at Brimham Rocks, where it lay undiscovered for 14 years.

"Gemma's family have endured unimaginable torment in the years that followed. Martin Bell has now pleaded guilty to Gemma's manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, and has been sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 12 years.

"Our thoughts remain with them and I hope the fact that her killer has now admitted what he has done and will now be serving a prison sentence for his appalling crime is of some comfort to them."