Killer strangled drunk woman, 20, to death during sex two hours after meeting her during night out

A killer who strangled a drunk 20-year-old woman to death just two hours after meeting her at a bus stop handed himself into police, telling an officer: “I’ve done something terrible”.

Mark Bruce, 32, choked Chloe Miazek at his flat in Aberdeen – nine days before she would have turned 21.Killer strangled drunk woman, 20, to death during sex two hours after meeting her during night out

They met in the early hours of the morning after separate nights out in the city on November 3 last year.

Chloe, of Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, had been drinking with friends before being thrown out of a nightclub because she was drunk.Killer strangled drunk woman, 20, to death during sex two hours after meeting her during night out

She walked to a bus stop where Bruce, who had also been drinking heavily, arrived just moments after leaving a nearby pub.

They struck up a conversation before heading to his flat.

The High Court in Aberdeen was told that the pair had a “shared interest” in “erotic asphyxiation” – and that Chloe had died in “seconds” after he had seized her neck during sex.

Hours later Bruce was seen on CCTV leaving his flat and wandering the streets for over an hour before walking to Rosemount Police Station where he buzzed an intercom and said: “I’ve done something terrible.”

Advocate depute Jo McDonald said an officer asked him to clarify and he said: “I’ve killed someone. There’s a female in my bed.”

She said: “His explanation is he placed his hands around her neck during sexual intercourse and the evidence is consistent with that.

“The evidence suggests death is likely to have been quick – seconds rather than minutes.

“The extent of the injuries suggested not much force being used.

“During a medical examination the accused indicated to the doctor they had had intercourse around 3.30am and the forensic findings confirm that.”

Bruce, a prisoner at HMP Barlinnie, had originally faced a charge of murder.

Today he pleaded guilty to a charge of culpable homicide.

Defence advocate Brian McConnachie QC said: “Evidence has been disclosed to the defence from a previous partner that sexual asphyxiation was something Miss Miazek was interested in.

“Her former partner always declined. I don’t wish to sound like I’m suggesting she was the author of her own misfortunate but it is a significant factor.

“The accused can’t recall the specifics of what went on but it seems that they had something of a shared interest in that particular practice.

“He recalls that all of a sudden it changed from everything being alright to her being dead.

“It is accepted by the Crown that there was no intention to kill and no wicked recklessness to suggest a murderous purpose.”

Judge Lord Kinclaven deferred sentence until April 5 a the High Court in Edinburgh and remanded Bruce in custody meantime.

In a statement released through police after Chloe’s death, her parents, Bob and Theresa, said her killing was “difficult to comprehend”.

They said: “We are absolutely devastated following the death of our beautiful daughter and sister, Chloe.

“She was in the prime of her life and had so much to look forward to and it is difficult for us to comprehend that she is not here with us today.

“Chloe was a loving daughter to Bob and Theresa, sister to Nathan and friend to many, including at her work at Tesco in Inverurie.

“She will be sorely missed and we ask for privacy as we try to come to terms with her untimely death.”

Source: The Mirrior

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