Killer knew he would never go home
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Melanie Road murder: Christopher Hampton 'knew he would never go home'

Det Ch Insp Julie Mackay has spoken to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme about the moment Christopher Hampton was arrested for the 1984 murder of Melanie Road in Bath.

Christopher Hampton, who changed his plea to guilty as his murder trial was due to begin at Bristol Crown Court, was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 22 years.

Hampton, 64, was caught in 2015 after police linked DNA from Melanie's clothing to his daughter, who had her DNA taken following an arrest for a minor offence.

Det Ch Insp Julie MacKay - who had worked on the case for nearly seven years - said when she heard news of the DNA match her first thought was for Melanie.

  • 10 May 2016
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