A British man murdered his girlfriend, dismembered her body, lived with the bloody evidence for months and even turned her teeth into a necklace, police said.
Dean Lowe, 33, from Cornwall, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for the murder of Kirby Noden, 33, according to Devon and Cornwall police.
The murder happened sometime in January 2017 in the apartment Lowe and Noden shared for years. There was no clear motive for the killing, according to Sky News. To explain his girlfriend's disappearance, Lowe told family members that Noden had left him for another man.
Months after the murder - on the evening of May 17, 2017 - Lowe sent disturbing Facebook messages to some relatives, alluding to how he may have done something terrible to his girlfriend.
"Either I'm getting set up or I've murdered Kirby. I had a blackout, hazy memory and woke up with a body on the floor. I am scared so I just got rid," he wrote to a cousin, according to Sky News.
"I put the body in the bins down the road. I remember the bin men finding all the meat and didn't know what it was. The carpet was lifted because of the body matter."
The messages prompted relatives to contact authorities.
On May 18, 2017, investigators visited Lowe and discovered a horrific scene. There were blood splatters on the walls, a metal pole and a rock that was used to kill Noden, as well as bodily stains on the underside of the mattress that Lowe continued to sleep on. He also said he made a necklace out of her teeth.
Lowe was arrested, but he denied everything and pleaded not guilty, according to Devon and Cornwall police.
Detective Inspector Ian Ringrose said Lowe put Noden’s family through something inconceivable.
“Miss Noden’s family have been put through a living hell with Lowe not disclosing where he disposed of Kirby’s body and denying all knowledge in court. Lowe added to their upset by insisting that Kirby was still alive," Ringrose said after Lowe's conviction. “We hope today’s verdict gives them some comfort in the conclusion of the case and our thoughts and sympathies are with them.”
Lowe was found guilty May 10.
At his sentencing Tuesday, Judge of the High Court Mrs Justice Juliet May could not hide her disgust for Lowe.
"You must have eaten, slept, watched TV and taken your drugs next to [Noden's corpse] for several days, with two bull terriers in the same room," she said, according to Sky News. "You cut up what remained, wrapped some in the carpet and took the rest in rucksacks to the bins."
She went on, "The bin men collected them noticed nothing - in this bleak, desolate manner was Kirby's life ended and her remains obliterated."
Noden's family said in a statement, “Dean Lowe has taken away from us something totally precious, and although we welcome this verdict and sentence, it will never replace our loss."
Lowe must serve a minimum of 28 years in prison.
[Photos: Devon and Cornwall Police]