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Man jailed for life after gruesome shampoo bottle murder of vulnerable woman

Vulnerable: Majella Lynch
Vulnerable: Majella Lynch

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a woman who died of internal injuries after a shampoo bottle was found lodged in her abdomen following a "perverted sexual assault".

Daniel McBride, 44, will serve at least 29 years behind bars before being eligible for parole for the "sadistic" killing of vulnerable 51-year-old Majella Lynch in April last year, police and court officials said.

Ms Lynch, known as Maj, was taken to hospital after she was found at her Southampton home by carers suffering from "severe abdominal pain".

She was reluctant to tell nursing staff what had happened, but doctors examined her and found a full 400ml shampoo bottle in her abdominal cavity. The bottle was removed but she died two days later.

A standby juror who heard the start of McBride's trial fainted as details of Ms Lynch's death were described at Winchester Crown Court.

Today McBride, of St Denys Road, Southampton, was sentenced after inflicting what detectives said were "horrendous" internal injuries, which caused Ms Lynch an "excruciatingly painful death".

Prosecutor William Mousley QC told the trial that Ms Lynch was a "chronic drinker who had a chaotic lifestyle which left her vulnerable".

He added that she was visited at home by support workers who had given her the shampoo bottle to help with her personal hygiene.

Detective Chief Inspector Ellie Hurd, of Hampshire Police, said following McBride's conviction: "On Friday April 18, Daniel McBride carried out a horrific, humiliating and sadistic attack on an extremely vulnerable woman for his own perverted purposes.

"Having invited himself into Maj Lynch's home, he callously inflicted horrendous internal injuries to her, leaving her to die a prolonged and no doubt excruciatingly painful death.

"Daniel McBride has repeatedly lied about what happened that night and showed no remorse for his actions which can only have added to the uncertainty and distress of her friends and family."