Man jailed over Wigan student's murder

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A man has been jailed for a minimum of 31 years for the sexually motivated murder of a teenage student.

Mark Buckley, 52, attacked 18-year-old Ellen Higginbottom, before taking her laptop and mobile phone and then leaving her for dead near a wheat field close to Orrell Water Park in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Miss Higginbottom was reported missing after failing to return home from Winstanley College in Orrell on June 16.

Her body was found the next day and a post-mortem examination showed she died from multiple wounds to the neck.