Double child killer gets life for 1966 murder of teenage nanny

A double child killer was yesterday sentenced to life with a minimum term of 27 years behind 
bars for murdering a teenager in 1966.

David Burgess, 65, killed nanny Yolande Waddington, 17, just days after she arrived in the village of Beenham, Berkshire, where he lived.

The killer was previously convicted of murdering nine-year-olds Jeanette Wigmore and Jacqueline Williams, in the same village, in 1967.

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He escaped justice as a 19-year-old for Yolande’s murder until he was convicted last week by a jury 
at Reading Crown Court, 46 years on.

Nine of the jurors returned to court yesterday to watch Burgess be sentenced.

Yolande was last seen alive at the Six Bells pub on the evening of Friday October 28 1966.

At 10pm that night, she walked from the home where she was working as a nanny into the village to post a letter to her boyfriend.

While there, she went into the pub to buy some cigarettes but did not stay for a drink. It was the last time anyone saw her alive and her naked body was found two days later in a ditch beside an isolated barn.

In 1969 Burgess told prison guards that Yolande voluntarily performed oral sex on him in a barn but she bit him. He said that, in pain, he stabbed her.

Despite confessing to prison guards, Burgess, who has previous convictions for armed robbery and wounding with intent to cause GBH, later changed his story.

After his 1969 confession, Burgess was interviewed by detectives but denied involvement, telling officers they would have to prove his guilt.

Burgess’s blood matched that at the scene in three out of four aspects tested but it was not a complete match.

The investigation began to wind down in early 1967 but was never closed.

Burgess was finally arrested on November 15, last year and charged the following day after DNA samples taken from items found at the murder scene matched his genetic profile.