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Frenzied UK killers get life in prison

TWO British men were jailed for life yesterday for the murder of two French students last year, as the Conservatives demanded to know how one of the defendants had mistakenly been let out of prison shortly before the killings.

Dano Sonnex, 23, was given a minimum term of 40 years and Nigel Farmer, 33, was told he must serve at least 35 years.

They had been found guilty at the Old Bailey of stabbing the 23-year-old Frenchmen a total of 244 times during a three-hour torture ordeal at a south London flat last June.

Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez died in what the prosecution called a frenzied attack of "unmitigated evil".

But it emerged during the trial that Sonnex, who had been jailed for a previous knife attack and armed robbery, had been mistakenly let out on licence despite taking drugs and setting fire to his cell.

It took police two weeks to take Sonnex back into custody. By then the students were dead.

Sonnex and Farmer had burst into Bonomo's bedsit and subjected the two students to an "orgy of bloodletting" before setting the flat ablaze.

Fueled by drink and drugs, the robbers egged each other on to an "inhuman attack of brutal and sustained ferocity", the jury heard.

Hours later, Farmer torched the bedsit, leaving firefighters to find both victims bound at the ankles and wrists and their heads wrapped in towels. Bonomo's fold-out bed was found saturated in blood.

Sonnex and Farmer blamed each other at the trial but prosecutor Crispin Aylett described the crime as a "joint enterprise of unmitigated evil."


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