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Sasha Marsden: Barman Guilty Of Teen's Murder
A barman has been found guilty of killing teenager Sasha Marsden, whose partially burned body was found in a Blackpool alleyway.
David Minto, described by police as "cold, callous and evil", sexually assaulted the youngster before stabbing her 58 times with a kitchen knife.
She suffered such serious injuries that her body, which was found wrapped in carpet underlay and bin liners, had to be identified using DNA from her toothbrush.
Sasha was just 16 years old and had been studying childcare at a local college.
However, her plan to take up a part-time cleaning job in a Blackpool hotel to earn some extra money ultimately cost her her life.
Minto, who worked at the Grafton House Hotel, owned by his girlfriend and her mother, first met Sasha through a mutual acquaintance on a night out.
The 23-year-old contacted her on Facebook, where his online name was David "Demon" Minto, and used the promise of part-time work to lure her to her death.
He told Sasha to come to the hotel on a day when he knew it would be empty.
After sexually assaulting and stabbing her, mainly in the face and neck, he tried to destroy the evidence by setting her body on fire.
The prosecution at the trial in Preston said she was found with several defensive wounds, showing she tried to fight for her life.
Minto claimed he had consensual sex with the teenager and said her blood was on his clothes because she had a nose bleed.
He claimed she left the hotel alive but the jury refused to believe him and found him guilty of murder.
Sasha's mother Jayne Marsden said: "For his sexual gratification he's robbed us of saying goodbye to her. But he's also robbed us of her 18th birthday, her 21st birthday and her future. He's just robbed us of everything. I can never forgive him. Never."
Detective Superintendent Andy Murphy, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: "After our dealings with Minto, I would describe him as cold, callous, and evil.
"He's put Sasha's family through a real ordeal by pleading not guilty and taking this to trial.
"But the family have been brave and very dignified, appearing in court every day to hear the terrible evidence about what happened to their daughter."