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A murderer inspired by serial killer Ted Bundy uttered six final chilling words to his teenage victim before standing on her throat.
Bobbi-Anne McLeod, 18, was waiting for a bus to see her boyfriend outside her home in Plymouth on November 20, when wannabe rock star Cody Ackland saw a grisly opportunity.
Ackland, 24, was jailed for 30 years on Thursday after Plymouth Crown Court heard the grim details of the night he decided to mimic Ted Bundy.
Ackland said he approached Bobbi-Anne from behind at the bus stop and hit her from behind with a claw hammer. He said "that was meant to be it" but she looked at him so he did it again.
The valet worker got in his Ford Fiesta to drive off when he saw Bobbi-Anne still moving so he bundled her into his car and hid her under a jacket as she fought for her life.
Serial killer obsessed Ackland drove the semi-conscious teenager 20 miles to the Bellever Forest car park on Dartmoor where he spoke the last words she would ever hear.
Bobbi-Anne told her attacker “I’m scared”.
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Ackland told police that he replied: “So am I, I have never done this before”.
He then sickeningly struck her 12 times to the head and face with the hammer but thought to himself "hats off to her" as she fought for her life.
Ackland ended his tirade of savagery by standing on Bobbi-Anne's neck when he saw she was still breathing.
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Ackland burnt her handbag and loaded her bloodied body into his boot and drove 30 miles back towards Plymouth to Bovisand where he stripped her naked and left her in undergrowth.
The day after the murder Ackland threw the hammer into the River Tamar and a carrier bag containing his and Ms McLeod’s blood-stained clothing into nearby allotments.
He spent the next 48 hours socialising with friends who recalled he was “happier than usual”.
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Three days later, Ackland turned himself in and confessed, telling detectives where he had dumped her body.
At a previous hearing, Ackland, of Radcliffe Close, Southway, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to murder.
On Thursday, he was handed a life sentence and ordered to spend at least 31 years in prison.
Ackland kept more than 3,000 depraved images on his phone, depicting dismembered or dead bodies, post-mortem examinations and murder scenes, the court heard, and read extensively about serial killers – in particular 1970s US murderer Ted Bundy.
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He told a psychiatrist that he had been feeling low on the day of the murder, but afterwards he had “not felt the same feelings of depression and resentment as before”.
The psychiatrist remarked it was as if “this violent act has somehow rid him of these feelings”, and warned this risk was unlikely to go away.
As Ackland left the dock, Miss McLeod’s brother Lee shouted: “You’re a dead man.”
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