A man who killed a 27-year-old mother with a screwdriver and injured her a total of 199 has been sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.
On August 16 last year, police found Mckyla Taylor’s body under a duvet in a flat in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
Her family had alerted her the previous day when she stopped responding to her calls and messages and was forced into her home at 2am.
A few hours later, David Jackson arrived at the scene to retrieve a sweater and casually mentioned to an officer that he had killed someone upstairs.
Jackson, 68, pleaded guilty to murder at Nottingham Crown Court today after remaining silent during police questioning.
Following his sentencing, Ms Taylor’s mother, Emma Sentence, said in a statement: “Mckyla had a smile that lit up the room and an infectious laugh.” She was just a fun-loving girl.
“I still remember the weekend she was killed like it was yesterday.”
“We had a lovely weekend sunbathing listening to music doing nails and then she left and that was the last time I saw her.”
The young mother’s body was found on the bedroom floor of the Lowtown Street apartment, the bed covers weighed down by bicycles stacked on top.
At 2:30 a.m., paramedics pronounced her dead and a post-mortem found she sustained 199 injuries to her head and body.
Forensic evidence showed most of them had been mauled with a pair of screwdrivers found in the living room.
Ms Taylor’s 26-year-old brother Callum is now looking after their one-year-old daughter in the same home where his older sister grew up.
He said, “Mckyla always wanted to be a mother and was so thrilled when she found out she was pregnant.” I just want to do my best to raise her daughter and give her a normal, loving life.
“Mckyla was a lovely and loving person. She always put other people first. In a house fire, Mckyla was among the last people out.
“Growing up, we were very close and went to the same elementary school. “I can remember the camping holidays we took as a family and they were so much fun.”
He added, “No judgment will ever suffice for what happened to Mckyla.” I will never forget waking up that day to hear that she had been killed.
“I can’t understand why anyone would want to hurt someone like that.”
Judge James Sampson sentenced Jackson to life in prison and a minimum of 17 years behind bars, saying the killer could only be paroled after another 16 years and 135 days, taking into account the 230 days he had already served in custody.
Nottinghamshire Police Detective Chief Inspector Clare Dean said: “The attack Jackson perpetrated on Mckyla was relentless and caused catastrophic injuries which ultimately resulted in her death.”
“He took with him a loving and caring mother, daughter, sister and friend.”
“Today’s verdict will not bring Mckyla back but it does mean that Jackson will spend a significant part of his life behind bars and I hope this brings some comfort to her family.”
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