Victor Miller, a
computer operator, indecently assaulted and murdered a 14-year-old
boy after abducting him on his paper round in Hagley,
Worcestershire, in 1988.
Police believe he may have carried out 28
further sexual assaults; it was after being arrested for another
attack that Miller led police to the boy's battered body, hidden
under a pile of leaves.
The court heard that he preyed on paper
boys because they were particularly vulnerable. Has asked to
remain in prison for the rest of his life.
(born 1956) is a notorious British child killer currently
serving a life sentence.
homosexual from Penn Fields, Wolverhampton, abducted 14 year old
newspaper delivery boy Stuart Gough, an asthmatic, as he
completed his round in Hagley, Worcestershire, in February 1988.
assaulted Stuart before hitting him repeatedly with a rock and
dumping his body in remote woodland in Hertfordshire.
fortnight later, after fruitless use of helicopters and
underwater search teams, Miller's arrest for an unconnected
assault prompted him to confess to Stuart's murder and lead
police to his body, hidden under a pile of leaves.
preliminary court proceedings, Miller wrote a letter to Hereford
Magistrates Court to express his regrets and ask for justice to
be done. It later transpired that he had preyed on newspaper
boys as he felt they were especially vulnerable.
sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he
serve 30 years. Police later revealed that they suspected
Miller, who worked in computers, was responsible for almost 30
other sexual assaults. Miller's gay lover said after the trial
that he still loved him but would not condone nor forgive his
A whole life
tariff was subsequently issued to Miller by the Home Secretary,
putting him a small and select band of criminals who were
informed that they would die in jail.
European Court of Human Rights declared a politically-set tariff
illegal, Miller's tariff was reset at 30 years. Stuart's family
were later informed that Miller's case would be reviewed after
25 years, and for every five years thereafter, meaning that the
earliest possible release date for Miller is in 2013.
For his part,
Miller himself has requested never to be released. His trial
judge had also spoken of his uncertainty as to whether it would
ever be safe to release Miller.
Killer pleads for 'justice'
Wolverhampton warehouseman Victor Miller
confessed to the abduction and horrific killing of Hagley
newspaper boy Stuart Gough in February - and said he wanted the
maximum sentence available.
He told Hereford magistrates in a statement: "I
can never make up for taking Stuart from his family.
"But I would ask that justice will be done, and
I will receive the maximum sentence available.
Miller, aged 32, of Lennox Gardens, Penn Fields,
remained silent as the charges were put to him in a hushed
He was accused of murdering the 14-year-old boy
and of carrying him away. Miller was jailed for life.
In the case which horrified the nation, the
victim's partially clothed body was found in remote Herefordshire
Stuart, an asthmatic, vanished after delivering
his last newspaper in Hagley two weeks previously.
The hunt for the newspaper boy covered two
weeks and his family were inundated with flowers and letters of
support - from as far afield as Canada, Holland and Germany.
Miller's gay lover, Trevor Peacher, broke down
in tears saying he loved Miller but could not condone what he had
More than 170 police officers, including 80
detectives, as well as an underwater search unit and police
helicopters were used in the inquiry.
The Clent Hills were repeatedly scoured by dog
handlers and mounted police. West Mercia detectives eventually
found Stuart's body.