Levi Bellfield victim’s mum slams new ITV drama ‘Manhunt’ starring Martin Clunes saying daughter’s death ‘is still too raw’

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THE mum of one of serial killer Levi Bellfield’s victims has slammed the making of a new ITV drama based on his crimes.

‘Manhunt’ will star Martin Clunes as Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who is credited securing Bellfield’s conviction for three counts of murder and one attempted murder.

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Serial killer Levi Bellfield was jailed over three murders and one attempted murder[/caption]

Eileen Sheedy, 50, whose daughter Kate Sheedy was left for dead by the fiend at the age of 18 after she was attacked as she returned home from celebrating her last day at school.

Miraculously, she survived the attack in Isleworth, West London, in which Bellfield deliberately mowed her down in his van before reversing over her in May 2004.

Eileen said the programme should never have been made out of sensitivity to the victims who are still ‘too raw’ to relive the horror.

She told Mail Online: “What happened is still very raw, if that makes sense, for it to be made into a drama. It’s not that long ago. It doesn’t feel that long ago.

Bellfield was convicted of the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy
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Martin Clunes will star as Chief Inspector Colin Sutton in new ITV series Manhunt
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Bellfield being interviewed by police during the investigation into Milly Dowler’s death[/caption]

“We always knew it would happen but just not in our lifetime perhaps. It has taken years to recover from this and to have it all brought up again like this, in the name of entertainment?

“We were told and my daughter made it very clear she wanted nothing to do with the drama then or at any stage.”

Kate, now 32, is said to now be living a ‘healthy and happy life’ and has gone on to marry and have children.

Bellfield was found guilty of murdering Marsha McDonnel and Amelie Delagrange, as well as the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy on February 25, 2008, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Bellfield is serving a whole-life sentence after being convicted in 2011 of murdering 3 women including schoolgirl Milly Dowler[/caption]

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22-year-old Amelie Delagrange was murdered by Bellfield[/caption]

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19-year-old gap-year student Marsha McDonnell was another Bellfield victim[/caption]


Two years later, while behind bars, he was charged with the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler.

He was convicted of the slaying on June 23, 2011, and sentenced to life again with a recommendation that he never be released.

An ITV spokesman said the show they were “conscious of the feelings of the relatives of the victims and survivors of Bellfield’s crimes” and had contacted them at an early stage.


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