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Pair jailed for phone-recorded murder of Phillip Nicholson

Richard Moors and Isabella Gossling Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Lovers Richard Moors and Isabella Gossling murdered Phillip Nicholson after luring him to her flat

A "truly evil" couple who recorded a vulnerable man's final moments on a mobile phone as they murdered him have been jailed for life.

Phillip Nicholson, 22, died from a stab wound to the neck in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth on 26 May.

Ex-partner Isabella Gossling, 20, and her lover Richard Moors, 26, killed Mr Nicholson after luring him to a flat.

Gossling was found guilty after a trial, and was jailed for a minimum of 19 years.

Moors had previously admitted murder. He was jailed for a minimum of 22 years.

During Gossling's trial at Winchester Crown Court, the jury heard Moors, of Sea Road, Bournemouth, inflicted the fatal wound.

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Image caption During Gossling's trial the court was played a recording, made on her phone, of the final moments of Phillip Nicholson's life

The court was played a recording, made on Gossling's phone, of the final moments of Mr Nicholson's life in which he was heard saying: "Stop, I just want to be friends, please."

Nigel Lickley QC said Gossling, also of Sea Road, was a manipulative and threatening figure who could be heard on the recording telling Mr Moors to "go on. Do what you need to do".

Gossling insisted she could do nothing to stop the attack.

The jury also heard the couple had taken £800 from Mr Nicholson's bank account.

'Sick beyond belief'

Mr Nicholson, who had learning difficulties, had been lured to Gossling's flat on the pretence of meeting another girl they were friends with.

After the attack, the killers could be heard on the recording discussing how to leave their victim's body to make it look like he had stabbed himself.

Following sentencing, Det Ch Insp Stewart Balmer, of Dorset Police, described Moors and Gossling as "truly evil".

He said they subjected Nicholson to a "brutal and protracted attack" which he said was "one of the most harrowing cases I have dealt with in 30 years' service".

"The fact they chose to audio record this violent and sick act on her mobile phone is beyond belief," he added.

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Image caption Isabella Gossling, Richard Moors and Phillip Nicholson were captured on CCTV on the day of the murder at a shopping centre in Boscombe
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Image caption The two killers were caught on CCTV on a bus from Boscombe to Bournemouth after they had murdered Phillip Nicholson and left his body in a flat

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