A killer who murdered a three-year-old girl in 1979 has been jailed for life for the attempted murder of a dementia sufferer in a dispute over a garden rake.

Stephen Chafer repeatedly stabbed friend Fay Mills, 60, hitting her in the eye and leaving her with life-changing injures while he was released from prison on licence.

Stephen, now 57, was 17 when he was jailed for life for sexually assaulting Lorraine Holt, before knifing her to death.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary undated handout photo of convicted killer Stephen Chafer - who knifed a three-year-old girl to death in 1979 - has been sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court to life in prison with a minimum term of 17 years for the attempted murder of a woman in 2018 while he was released from prison on licence. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 4, 2019. See PA story COURTS Name. Photo credit should read: Cambridgeshire Constabulary/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Convicted killer Stephen Chafer has been jailed for life for the attempted murder of Fray Mills (Picture: PA)

He found Lorraine sitting in the snow in tears near her home in Derby, then carried her to a nearby vicarage where he sexually assaulted her and stabbed her 39 times.

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He was living under the pseudonym Stephen Leonard when he launched the frenzied knife attack on Mrs Mills at her Peterborough home last June.

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Chafer was convicted at trial in December last year of the attempted murder of Mrs Mills and of the common assault of her neighbour Mark Patchett, who tried to go to her aid.

He was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday, where he appeared under his pseudonym.

Faye Mills,60.See SWNS SWCArake . A man who repeatedly stabbed a dementia sufferer in a row over garden tools has been revealed as a child killer released from prison last year, the BBC reports.Stephen Leonard, 57, brutally stabbed 60-year-old Fay Mills, leaving her with life-changing injuries.Leonard, from Peterborough, Cambs., pleaded not guilty to attempted murder but was found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on December 6.Today (wed) the BBC has revealed Leonard was formally known as Stephen Chafer and was jailed for sexually assaulting and stabbing to death three-year-old Lorraine Holt in Derby, on January 20, 1979.
Fay Mills, 60, suffered life-changing injuries after the attack  (Picture: SWNS)
BLACK AND WHITE ONLY Undated file photo of Lorraine Holt 3, from Derby, whose mutilated body was discovered in three inches of snow in the grounds of Homelands school, near her home. She had died from multiple stab wounds. Stephen Chafer who was seventeen when he murdered the three-year-old girl in 1979 is to be sentenced for the attempted murder of a woman in a row over a garden rake while he was released from prison on licence. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 4, 2019. Now aged 57, he was living under the pseudonym Stephen Leonard when he launched a frenzied knife attack on 60-year-old Fay Mills. Mrs Mills, who has dementia, was so badly injured that police believed she was already dead when they arrived at her Peterborough home on June 23 last year. See PA story COURTS Name. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
Stephen sexually assaulting Lorraine Holt, before knifing her to death in 1979 (Picture: PA)

Judge David Farrell QC told him: ‘The worrying aspect of this offence is, as with the previous murder, that you have attacked a particularly vulnerable person and the attack was with a knife with particular severity.’

Flanked by three security officers in the dock, Chafer looked downwards throughout the hearing and showed no reaction as he was led to the cells.

Mr Patchett, who previously served in the Armed Forces, suffered a cut to his face as he confronted Chafer.

He said in a statement that the scene was ‘like a house of horrors… with blood everywhere’.

Judge Farrell ruled that £750 be awarded to Mr Patchett in recognition of his bravery.

Father-of-two Mark Patchett, 45, former soldier in the Royal Engineers neighbour of Fay Mills, who was attacked by Stephen Leonard when he went to the door after hearing her screaming. See SWNS SWCArake . A man who repeatedly stabbed a dementia sufferer in a row over garden tools has been revealed as a child killer released from prison last year, the BBC reports.Stephen Leonard, 57, brutally stabbed 60-year-old Fay Mills, leaving her with life-changing injuries.Leonard, from Peterborough, Cambs., pleaded not guilty to attempted murder but was found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on December 6.Today (wed) the BBC has revealed Leonard was formally known as Stephen Chafer and was jailed for sexually assaulting and stabbing to death three-year-old Lorraine Holt in Derby, on January 20, 1979.
Mrs Mills’ neighbour Mark Patchett, 4 neighbour of Fay Mills, was also attacked when he went to the door after hearing her screaming (Picture: SWNS)

Prosecutor Charles Falk said it was ‘frankly a miracle that Mrs Mills has survived’.

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The court heard that Mrs Mills’s daughter Sheila Mills had gone away to Kent on the weekend her mother was attacked and believed she was in the care of a ‘close friend’.

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Mr Falk, summarising a victim impact statement from Sheila Mills, said: ‘She trusted Stephen with everything. He betrayed her trust. She cannot understand how wrong she could have been.’

A court was told that a row broke out over Stephen asking to borrow a rake, during which he claimed a ‘switch flicked in his head’ and he began attacking her.

Police at the Fay Mills stabbing scene at Viney Close, Eastfield, Peterborough in the aftermath of the attack in June 2018. A man who repeatedly stabbed a dementia sufferer in a row over garden tools has been revealed as a child killer who was released from prison last year. See SWNS story SWCArake. Stephen Leonard, 57, brutally stabbed 60-year-old Fay Mills, leaving her with life-changing injuries. Leonard, from Peterborough, Cambs., pleaded not guilty to attempted murder but was found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on December 6. Today (wed) the BBC has revealed that Leonard - formally known as Stephen Chafer - was jailed for sexually assaulting and stabbing to death three-year-old Lorraine Holt in Derby, on January 20, 1979. Lorraine's father Jim Holt, who was friends with Chafer, told the BBC the decision to release him had "destroyed a family". Lorraine was playing in the back garden of her Derby home, on 20 January 1979, when she wandered off. After finding her, Chafer gave the young child sweets before taking her to a local vicarage, where he covered her mouth and sexually assaulted her before stabbing her 39 times.
The attack took place at Viney Close in Eastfield (Picture: SWNS)

He befriended Mrs Mills’ family in 2002 when he was released on parole after serving 23 years of his sentence.

He was returned to prison in 2013 for setting fire to his flat and was released in 2017, before attacking Mrs Mills less than a year later.

Mr Falk added in the statement: ‘She dreads to think of what would have happened if the neighbours were not in that day.

Stephen was jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years on Friday.

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