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Katelyn Parker murder: Body in boot killer given life sentence

Katelyn Parker Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption The body of Katelyn Parker was found in Lee Nolan's car boot

A man who murdered a woman with her own hair straighteners before hiding her body in his car boot has been given a life sentence.

Lee Nolan admitted murdering Katelyn Parker, 24, in the middle of his trial, after first denying the charge on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Manchester Crown Court heard he strangled Ms Parker after she called him "gay" for wanting to do her hair.

Nolan, 48, was ordered to spend a minimum of 18 years in jail.

Ms Parker was killed in Heywood, Greater Manchester, in August 2015.

The trial heard how, after strangling her, father-of-four Nolan bundled her body into the boot of his blue Nissan car.

He later bragged to a man he was trying to buy cannabis from that he had killed a woman.

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Image caption Lee Nolan was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 18 years

Police said that when the man "expressed his disbelief", Nolan "pulled one of the rear seats in the car down and revealed Katelyn's body".

Following a tip-off, officers spotted the car driving on Claybank Street in Heywood the following day.

After a short pursuit Nolan abandoned the car behind a pub on Bamford Road and attempted to flee before he was detained nearby.

The car was then searched and Ms Parker's body found.

Nolan and the other man were both arrested on suspicion of murder. No further action was taken against the 70-year-old man.

A post-mortem examination confirmed Ms Parker died from ligature strangulation.

'Sociable young woman'

After the sentencing, senior investigating officer Duncan Thorpe, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "What happened to Katelyn was a tragedy and her friends and family went through something that nobody ever should.

"I know the sentence passed here today won't change what happened but I hope it will go some way to giving them all some form of closure."

In a statement at the time of her death, Ms Parker's family paid tribute to her, saying: "Katelyn was a loving and special person.

"She saw the best in everybody and was happiest when spending time with her friends and family.

"Katelyn was a vibrant and sociable young woman with a big heart and an even bigger smile.

"She will leave a void in all our lives and her death under such tragic circumstances is something that we will never be able to come to terms with."

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