Brighton University murderer gets life sentence

David Browning has been given a minimum 28 year sentence for the murder of his boss Jill Howell in October last year. Both worked in the finance department of the University of Brighton.

Howell, who had been a volunteer with the Samaritans, had been helping Browning get over the death of his father which he claimed had resulted in the depression that had resulted in the murder. A jury took just two hours to dismiss the defence of the crime and the judge handed down the sentence of nearly three decades.

Browning handed himself in to police almost immediately after the crime but discovered that John Street police station was not open when he presented himself a 6:00 a.m. and had to phone 999 to get arrested.