Julia James ‘killer’ bragged to cops he would ‘rape and kill’ more women if released on bail

JULIA James' alleged killer has reportedly bragged to cops he would rape and kill more women if he was released.

Callum Wheeler, 22, is accused of killing Julia James, 53, as she walked her dog near Ackholt Wood in Kent last April.

He admitted killing her, but denies murder.

Wheeler was caught on CCTVstrolling along a road minutes after allegedly murdering the PCSO.

And it has now emerged that while on remand in custody, he told staff that if he was released he would go back to the woods to "rape and kill" women.

The comments were revealed by the prosecution at the end of their evidence and were not disputed by the defence.


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The court was told he also remarked that Mrs James, whose family were listening in the public gallery, had "deserved to die", and carried out internet searches on his laptop about her killing up until he was arrested on May 7 last year.

Of the comments made on remand, prosecution junior counsel Martin Yale told the court: "He said his case was different because she was "a copper".

He also said she deserved to die. He said that by that he meant "She was a f***ing fat c**t."

"He said he didn't know Julia James. He talked about the woodland area and told staff 'You can't go into the woods and expect to be safe'."

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Mr Yale said Wheeler spoke of harming "other people" if he was released.

"He said he would go back to the area and have sex with women without their consent.

"He said because raping a woman would satisfy his needs, it would be justified.

"He said when released he would knock them over to get them on the ground, rape them and kill them afterwards.

"He said he would assault females and that they deserved to die."

The court also heard that following his arrest, Wheeler spoke of "wanting the death sentence" and remarked someone "had ratted" on him.

He also exposed himself to a female officer by pulling down his trousers while in a cell at Maidstone police station and made several attempts to masturbate.

Having been taken to the floor, he then began telling her to "Spank me" and became visibly aroused, added Mr Yale.

"He was handcuffed to the rear to prevent him touching or exposing himself. On a number of occasions while in police custody he attempted to masturbate when handcuffs were removed from him."

Wheeler, who has no previous convictions or cautions, had also regularly visited pornographic websites in the month before and days after Mrs James' alleged murder.

His laptop also revealed internet searches on the subject of rape and, in the six days prior to arrest, about Mrs James herself.

These included a Facebook search for "PCSO Julia James" and accessing online articles on the Sun, Daily Mail and Telegraph websites about the killing.

His final Google search of Mrs James was made at 7pm, about two-and-a-half hours before he was finally arrested at his home.

During his trial, the court has heard there was no evidence of a sexual assault on the mother of two.

The jury was also told by defence barrister Oliver Blunt QC that Wheeler had decided he did not wish to give evidence.

The trial continues.

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