The remains of Dorothy Carre (54) were discovered in February 2007 in the cellar of her last known address, eight years after she went missing. She had been abused during the four year relationship with Frederick Lawlor (54).
At the time Lawlor was charged and convicted of her murder, he was already incarcerated for a string of child rape offences, as well as having a history of a violent attacks on former girlfriends. Lawlor’s sentence was Life, with a minimum of 17 years, to run concurrently with his current child abuse sentence. I really have to question why the concurrent sentencing — Lawlor is a proven danger to females of all ages — he should NEVER be released.
ITN (30 Oct 2007):
Body in cellar murderer jailed for life
A convicted paedophile has been jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years for murdering his girlfriend, whose body lay undetected in a cellar for eight years.
The jury at Manchester Crown Court decided by a majority of ten to two that Frederick Lawlor, 54, murdered mother-of-four Dorothy Carre, 56, in 1999.
It heard how Lawlor stabbed her to death in the front room of their house in Rochdale, before burying her in a shallow grave in the cellar.
Lawlor is already serving an indeterminate sentence for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl and offering her for sex with other men while he watched and filmed them.
Mrs Carre’s daughter Lynn Edwards, 42, shouted “Yes!” and rushed out of the public gallery as the verdict was delivered, while Lawlor sat impassive in the dock.
Jurors – who had not been told of Lawlor’s paedophile past – gasped as they learnt he was jailed in Strangeways Prison in April last year after admitting 18 sex offences involving the girl on beaches in North Wales.
Two female jurors burst into tears and others shook their heads at the news.
The judge in that case said Lawlor had abused the girl on at least 75 occasions and described the acts as among the “most evil and unpleasant” the court had come across.
As well as offering her for sex at his flat and in a car to men he met on beaches at Pensarn and Llanddulas, he advertised in the publication Loot.
Police were alerted after a member of the public saw the girl being abused on Pensarn beach late at night.
The young victim said she was abused by around 50 men, with ten people so far convicted in connection with the case.
Lawlor was arrested in March this year after police investigating the disappearance of mother-of-four Mrs Carre found the remains of a body under the cellar floor at the address in Equitable Street.
Although there was no soft tissue, DNA testing provided “extremely strong” evidence that the remains were those of Mrs Carre. She had last been seen alive by her GP on March 11 1999.
Despite evidence linking him to the address, Lawlor denied ever living there and claimed Mrs Carre left him in 1999 to go and live in the Republic of Ireland.
The court also heard that Lawlor had two previous convictions for physically abusing former girlfriends.
In 1981 he was convicted of actual bodily harm after he repeatedly punched his girlfriend and then jumped on her stomach while she was seven months pregnant.
And in 1987 he was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for an attack on another partner which had striking similarities to the death of Mrs Carre.
The BBC (30 Oct 2007):
Life for cellar murder paedophile
A convicted paedophile has been jailed for life for murdering his girlfriend and burying her in a cellar.
Frederick Lawlor, 54, denied murdering Dorothy Carre, 56, in 1999 by stabbing her at a house they shared, but he was convicted by a majority verdict.
Mrs Carre’s body lay undiscovered at Equitable Street in Rochdale for eight years, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Lawlor is already serving an indeterminate prison sentence for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.
The judge, Mr Justice Holland, ordered him to serve a minimum term of 17 years for Mrs Carre’s murder, to run concurrently.
Mrs Carre was last seen alive by her GP in March 1999 at her home in Bacup, Lancashire, when she said she had split from her partner because he was violent towards her.
Shortly afterwards she moved to the Equitable Street house with Lawlor.
She had been in a relationship with him for four years at this time, but her family did not approve and suspected he was abusing her.
When she moved to Bacup with him, she did not tell her family where she was going and they reported her missing.
But when police traced her, she said she did not want her family to know where she was.
Mrs Carre’s family were concerned that they had not heard from her but decided to respect her wishes.
However, in 2001 when they still had not heard from her, they contacted Lawlor’s family who told them she had left him for another man.
It was not until January 2006, when her family became concerned again and reported her missing for a second time, that a police search was launched.
On 28 February 2007, officers searched her last known address at Equitable Street and found the flagstones on the floor of the cellar were uneven and cracked, meaning they must have been lifted.
In March police found the remains of a body wrapped in a duvet under the stones, and Lawlor was arrested.
A post-mortem examination showed the bones had at least 10 stab wounds to the vertebrae, which a pathologist told the court would have required “extreme” force to inflict.
DNA testing provided “extremely strong” evidence that the remains were those of Mrs Carre.
Despite evidence linking him to Equitable Street, Lawlor denied ever living at the address and claims Mrs Carre left him in 1999 to go and live in the Republic of Ireland.
He is already serving an indeterminate sentence for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl and offering her for sex with other men while he watched and filmed them.
The jury were not told of his convictions until they had given their verdict.
In April last year he admitted 18 sex offences and was jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court.
Lawlor, described by police as the teenager’s “evil controller,” had taken her to beaches at Llanddulas and Pensarn and offered her to men for sex there and at his flat in Abergele, Conwy.
The judge said the offences were the “most evil and unpleasant” the court had ever dealt with.