Birmingham internet dating murder
As a result of the severe head injuries Lancaster sustained in the attack, she went into a coma from which she never regained consciousness and died of her injuries thirteen days later.
The police said the attack may have been linked to the couple wearing gothic fashion and being members of the goth subculture.
“He is a lying and manipulative man who was able to quickly gain Usha Patel's trust and get her to agree to invite him to her home.” He said there was no suggestion that the murderer had gone to the meet up to kill Ms Patel or that he gained sexual pleasure from violence.
Denison added: “But he did know, from his extensive criminal history, that he had a tendency to become violent when drunk and drugged, and he must have known he presented a significant and serious danger to women.” A string of Whats App messages recovered from Ms Patel's phone showed the pair had first made contact in April last year.
The 23-year-old is accused of then killing 17-month-old Scarlett Vaughan less than three weeks later.
The day after Lexi’s death, Porton went on to accept 41 friend requests on a dating app on January 16, a trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard.
“It is hard not to draw the conclusion that, for the defendant, at times, her two children got in the way of her doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with whom she wanted.”Describing Porton’s visit to a funeral care business following Lexi’s death, Mr Saxby added: “At first the meeting with the funeral arranger was difficult, as the defendant appeared tense and she was quiet and staring into space.“Whilst she was out of the room for about five minutes, she heard the defendant on her phone laughing.“It appeared she was using Face Time and that she was speaking to a man.We can help you can find people like you looking for friendship and love. So start your search to find someone in your area of the country. Porton, formerly of Skiddaw, Rugby, was also overheard “laughing” at a funeral parlour two days before killing Scarlett on February 1 and seemed “calm and emotionless” after her child’s death, the jury heard.Opening the case, prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told jurors Lexi was taken to hospital on January 2 and again two days later, but was sent home with antibiotics for an apparent chest infection.