Law Student Admits He Strangled A Young History Teacher Whose Body Was Found In A Hotel On Christmas Eve

Miss Locke, who taught history at a Catholic secondary school in east London, was found dead at Theobalds Park Hotel in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire (pictured)

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  • Teacher's body was found at Hertfordshire hotel in December last year
  • A law student has now admitted strangling her at the country venue
  • He has been remanded in custody until he is sentenced next month 

A law student has admitted murdering a young teacher whose body was found at a hotel on Christmas Eve.

Carl Langdell, 26, pleaded guilty to killing Katie Locke at Theobolds Park Hotel in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.

Ms Locke's family were at St Albans Crown Court to see Langdell, of Cheshunt, appear via a video link from Bedford prison.


Carl Langdell has admitted the murder of school teacher Katie Locke, who was strangled to death last year

Ms Locke, 23, who taught history and politics at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney, east London, was strangled to death last year.

Her details of her relationship with her killer has yet to be established but it is believed they met for a date the day before Miss Locke died.

Friends of Miss Locke said they were not in a long-term relationship. 

In a statement issued by Hertfordshire police at the time, her parents John and Jennifer Locke, said: 'There was not a bad bone in Katie's body.

'Katie worked hard and loved her job as a teacher. In what little spare time she had she enjoyed sports. We now feel like our future has been stolen from us.'

Langdell, who spent two months as an intern at The Independent newspaper last year, founded his own legal firm Langdell Legal Associates in August this year.


Ms Locke's body was found at a hotel in December last year. Her relationship with Langdell is unknown

Trainee lawyer Langdell was pictured with a number of famous figures online, including Boris Johnson

He is a business management graduate with a masters degree in journalism and media communications.

He posted dozens of pictures of himself online with celebrities and high-flyers, including Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Prosecutor Ann Evans told the court today: 'What needs to be established are the circumstances of Katie's death. There was a no comment interview with the police. '

Benjamin Aina QC, defending, said Langdell admitted deliberately and intentionally killing Katie in a hotel room.

He said his client had been seeking psychiatric help after being convicted of making threats to kill in Bristol. A psychiatric report is to be prepared on Langdell before sentence.

Judge Andrew Bright QC remanded Langdell in custody until he is sentenced on Thursday 21 April.

By Bradley Hayes 18/03/2016 09:30:00