Carl Cooper: The man who murdered his two girlfriends will be sentenced to 35 years in prison

Carl Cooper: The man who murdered his two girlfriends will be sentenced to 35 years in prison

Carl Cooper: The man who murdered his two girlfriends will be sentenced to 35 years in prison

Screenshot, Carl Cooper was described as a “dangerous and violent domestic abuser.”

A man who murdered two girlfriends within a year of each other has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 35 years.

Carl Cooper, 66, was in a relationship with Naomi Hunte, 41, who was stabbed to death in 2022, and Fiona Holm, 48, who disappeared in June 2023.

Mrs Hunte was found dead on her sofa, while Mrs Holm’s body was never found.

A jury at Woolwich Crown Court had previously convicted Cooper on both counts of murder after three days of deliberations.

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Screenshot, Fiona Holm (left) and Naomi Hunte were described as “vibrant and sociable”.

Sentencing Cooper, Judge Johnson said: “I am sure that you have, for many years, been a great danger to women.”

“You have a history of acting in a controlling and coercive manner towards your female partners,” he added.

During the trial it emerged that Ms Hunte was found dead on Valentine’s Day after making numerous calls to police over the previous two years.

She told officers that handyman Cooper was “obsessed” with her and had been stalking her, leaving her “really scared.”

Mrs Holm, from Catford, south-east London, had also made complaints about Cooper to police and told a friend he had stabbed her with a screwdriver, the court heard.

After discovering she was missing, Cooper dismantled her living room, removing curtains, carpets and wallpaper.

‘Vile and evil’

In a victim impact statement read out at the hearing, Ms Holm’s daughter, Savannah Holm, said her mother was “the light of the party” and her “love was contagious”.

Turning to Cooper, he said: “If you have any decency, you would tell us where our mother is so we can mourn her properly and have a proper funeral for her.”

Holm’s sister, Helena Davis, said she “loved life” and was “kind.”

“She was funny and would say the most outrageous lines that made everyone laugh,” Davis said.

“This vile, evil man took her life and we want to know why. We want to know where he put Fiona so we can bury her and give her a well-deserved rest.”

In a statement read out on her behalf, Ms Hunte’s father said: “I have been robbed of my future with my daughter, my only child, and it leaves me with a sadness that will remain forever.”

Speaking outside court after the hearing, Met Detective Inspector Kate Blackburn said: “Despite Cooper cruelly denying Fiona’s family the chance to bury her, we remain committed to finding Fiona and returning her to her family.”

He added that a police reward of £20,000 was being offered for information leading to the recovery of Ms Holm’s remains and appealed to anyone with information to come forward.

“Carl Cooper is a dangerous and violent domestic abuser who preys on vulnerable women.

“He took the lives of two vibrant, sociable women who were much loved by their families and friends.

“Naomi and Fiona are in my thoughts today.”