Sarah Wellgreen: Taxi driver sentenced to life for killing mother-of-five

November 08, 2019

Ben Lacomba, who murdered his ex-partner Sarah Wellgreen, has been sentenced to life in prison, with the victim's son saying he should never be released.

Ben Lacomba was handed the sentence at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty of murdering the mother-of-five last month.

Following the sentencing, Ms Wellgreen's son, Lewis Burdett said: "Today, as far as the law is concerned, justice has been served for Sarah.

"We hope (Lacomba) will never be released unless he admits his guilt and reveals the location of her grave."

The body of Ms Wellgreen has never been found, despite extensive searches.

Mr Burdett added: "As a family, we miss Sarah every day. There's no bandage big enough to repair the wounds.

"We will not allow Ben Lacomba to destroy our lives.

"Our priority will be to give Sarah's three youngest children every opportunity to be the best they can be, and be able to have a full and happy life, knowing their mother loved them.

"She will not be there to congratulate their achievements, or to console them on their disappointments, but we will be there every step of the way for them."

In sentencing, Judge Christopher Kinch said: "This was a wicked plan, executed for your own selfish interests."

"This murder was not a crime of passion.

"It was, I'm sure, a planned and calculated operation that developed as it became clear that Sarah Wellgreen's plans were to raise a mortgage and buy out your stake in the property.

"If she succeeded in that aim, you risked surrendering control of the family home to her."

Lacomba was living with Ms Wellgreen in Kent at the time of her disappearance, and had at one stage been in a relationship with her.

He and Ms Wellgreen met online in 2004 but broke off their relationship in 2014.

The court heard that their relationship was marred by "tensions and problems" around the time Ms Wellgreen went missing.

He had told police that he was asleep in bed on the night Ms Wellgreen was last seen alive, but the court heard that he had switched off a CCTV system and parked his car in an unusual place, to try and avoid detection.

Ms Wellgreen was last seen alive on 9 October 2018, and had recently accepted a new job that had given her a substantial pay rise - something Lacomba knew.

It is thought she was starting the process of buying Lacomba out of the home they shared and was saving for a mortgage.

During the day, she had done the school run, and then given beauty therapies to her private clients, who described her as "friendly and chatty".

She later sent what is thought to be her last text message to a friend with whom she arranged to meet a week later.

It read: "There is always something to look forward to, you just need to open your eyes a bit more and dream."

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