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Trimaan Dhillion guilty of murdering Alice Ruggles

26 Apr 2017 15:00 PM

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Trimaan Dhillon, also known as Harry Dhillon, of Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland, has been found guilty of murdering 24-year-old Alice Ruggles.

He will now serve a life sentence with a minimum of 22 years. 

Alice was tragically killed by Dhillion on Wednesday October 12 at her home address on Rawlings Road in Gateshead.

Today, a jury have found Dhillon guilty of her murder at Newcastle Crown Court.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Lisa Theaker has commended Alice's family for their dignity throughout and is pleased this dangerous man will now be put behind bars.

DCI Theaker said: "I want to commend and thank Alice's family for their dignity and support throughout this investigation.

"Trimaan Dhillon has shown no remorse for his actions. He killed a much loved, innocent young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.

"This has been a truly difficult time for all of the family compounded by Dhillon's unwillingness to accept responsibility for his actions. My thoughts have very much been with them all throughout this investigation.

"The jury have made the right decision and this dangerous man is now behind bars."

Family Statement

Justice has been done today but none of our family, nor any of Alice's closest friends, will ever be the same again. We will live the rest of our lives knowing that Alice should have been here with us, wondering what she would have become, imagining all the people she would have continued to affect with her infectious sense of humour and her sheer love of life. Alice was a kind, incredibly sociable, fun-loving person; she had the ability to light up the room whenever she walked in. We miss her so much.

We believe there are important lessons to be learned from what happened to Alice. We didn't think that she was the sort of girl that something like this could happen to. We welcomed him into our family and he came across as a normal person. Unfortunately he was a cruel manipulative bully who made Alice miserable and took her away from us. With hindsight, there were many signs of stalking and coercive behaviour that we did not recognise. Everybody should know about these signs.

This is National Stalking Awareness Week, and we feel there is a need for much more work to be done to publicise and identify stalking and controlling behaviour, to tackle the root causes, and to stop them developing out of control. We all hope to do as much as we can from now on, both on our own and in collaboration with the organizations such as the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Women's Aid, to learn lessons, to raise awareness, and ultimately—as we all sincerely hope—to help prevent what happened to Alice happening to others.