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Woman sentenced to life on TV for beheading her Christian friend

by Alex Collett

A woman who was found guilty of decapitating her best friend has been sentenced to life in prison.

Jemma Mitchell, 38, was the first woman to have her life sentence broadcast on television on Friday.

According to the court, the motive for the killing Mee Kuen Chong was money.

It said that Ms Mitchell had befriended Ms Chong last year in a church group, before attacking Ms Chong with a blunt object in her home in northwest London last June and removing the victim's head and stuffing her body into a suitcase.

Ms Mitchell must serve a minimum of 34 years in prison before she becomes eligible for parole.

Judge Richard Marks said to Ms Mitchell on the day of the sentencing: "You have shown absolutely no remorse and it appears you are in complete denial for what you did, despite the overwhelming evidence against you."

Ms Chong's remains were found by members of the public in a woodland area in Salcombe, Devon, 200 miles from her Wembley home in London.

Ms Chong, also known as Deborah Chong, had agreed to provide a sum believed to be in the region of £200,000 to Ms Mitchell who was in desperate need of funds to complete renovation works on her house, but Ms Chong changed her mind.

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