28-year-old Dominic Isom was arrested on suspicion of murder after his 25-year-old fiancee, Samantha Henderson, was reported missing on January 21st. After a nine-day search, search dogs located her body at the bottom of Hamworthy Lake near Poole, Dorset on January 30th.
The diving team found Miss Henderson dressed in a pink gown in a tightly-bound bundle weighed down by stones and concrete blocks. A child’s pink duvet was wrapped around her body and a number of her belongings were in a plastic sheet, including her mobile phone with the battery detached. A pair of Dominic’s tartan slippers were also found with her, which he claimed she was wearing when she disappeared.
He had battered his fiancee to death in their garden shed where a forensics team found traces of her blood on a bike stand, mini football, a mop, and a bucket. A post-mortem revealed that Miss Henderson died from multiple blunt force injuries to her head and neck.
He had driven 13 miles to the lake to dump her carefully-wrapped body. In an attempt to eliminate himself as a possible suspect, he texted her phone and left concerned voicemails pleading for her safe return.
A neighbor, Kelly Norman, visited the couple’s home in Corfe Castle, Dorset at 6:30 p.m. that evening, only to be confronted by Isom and a strong smell of bleach. Wearing a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops, he told her he was cleaning the patio when, in fact, he was attempting to remove blood and other evidence from the scene.
Dominic Isom has 20 previous convictions for 36 offenses, including one domestic violence conviction for common assault on Miss Henderson. He also has convictions for violence, theft, dishonesty, possession of cannabis, and anti-social behavior.
Judge Justice Dingemans sentenced Isom on July 23rd to a minimum life term of 17 years and told him his serial lies prolonged the family’s suffering.