Callum Wheeler, a 22 year old man has been jailed for life for murdering Julia James, a popular police community support officer while she was out walking her dog in a planned attack.
Callum Wheeler, 22, had previously admitted killing Julia James, 53, but denied murder – and was convicted by a jury in May in just over an hour.
Today prosecutors said Wheeler should never be released, and the victim’s family branded him a “disgusting creature”.
He was today sentenced to life in prison at Canterbury Crown Court and must serve a minimum of 37 years.
How Callum Wheeler murdered PCSO Julia James
Callum Wheeler, 22, used a railway jack – a tool used to lift train tracks – to beat mother-of-two Mrs James to death as she walked in fields and woodland near the back of her home in Snowdown.
A jury of eight women and four men took just 73 minutes to decide Wheeler, also described as ‘angry, violent and strange’, had ambushed the 53-year-old mother-of-two in Ackholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, Kent, at around 2.30pm on April 27 last year.
He was found guilty on May 16 at Canterbury Crown Court. And today he had to be carried into the dock with handcuffs on to receive his life sentence which he must serve for a minimum of 37 years.