A killer boyfriend who said ‘I’m going to prison for this and I don’t f*****g care’ has been sentenced to life for murdering his on-off partner.
Helen Anderson, mother of four, was murdered by Dane Messam, who wrapped her in a plastic sheet and duvet, and left it close to some wooded areas.
A caller from the public reported that she found Anderson’s body at a slip road near Guildford on A3.
Helen Anderson, 41, pictured, was murdered by her boyfriend Dane Messam, 52, on August 23, 2021
Dane Messam, 52, pictured, told police he ‘didn’t f****** care’ that he was going to prison following his arrest on suspicion of Ms Anderson’s murder
Messam Anderson and Messam both traveled across the country in this old Brighton bus that he had decommissioned. It was used by him to dump the body of his victim.
The police quickly began an investigation into the murder and identified Messam as a suspect within hours.
Helen, 52, was in an off-and-on relationship with Helen for five years. They lived together in Finsbury Park north London.
They used to travel on the red and white double-decker bus, which was decommissioned in 1960. The couple had also taken a journey down to Brighton with it at the beginning of July 2021.
Messam Anderson and Ms Anderson had planned to travel to Jamaica on the 25th of August.
A police investigation found that Ms Anderson had lost her ticket to Jamaica by Messam on the same day as her body was discovered.
The bus driver, who was headed out of London, found him.
According to officers, Messam may have driven his bus to storage before getting on his flight to Jamaica that afternoon.
Messam drove the bus to Guildford before storing it. He then went by the spot where Ms Anderson was buried.
Then he drove to Oxfordshire where he stopped at a station near Bicester.
He was immediately surrounded by officers and taken into custody on suspicion of murder.
An additional man who was on board the bus with Messam was also taken into custody on suspicion for murder. However, he was released shortly after.
Shocking video footage of Messam while in custody showed him saying: ‘I’m going to prison for this and I don’t f*****g care.
“I love you, but I can only take so much.
“And the mental stress.
“And my mother is dying.”
‘Why are you f******g with my head.’
Following a five week trial at Guildford Crown Court, Messam pleaded not guilty and was sentenced to 23-years imprisonment (see Messam’s bus).
Surrey Police released CCTV footage from inside Messam’s cell where he claimed he did not ‘f****** care’ if he was going to prison
Ms. Anderson’s family, which was the mother of four children through previous relationships, described her affectionately as a dear sister’ and ‘daughter’ with a big heart.
Messam was arrested for murder on August 29.
In connection to the investigation into Helen’s death, another man was arrested. However, he was released later without further action.
Following a five-week Guildford Crown Court trial, Messam received a sentence of 23 years in prison.
Emma Vickers (Det Chief Investigator, Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team) said, “This tragic case involved a woman who lost her life because of the abuse she received from her husband.”
“Even though there was ample evidence to the contrary, Messam maintained his innocence in Helen’s murder. This caused further suffering to her loved ones by making them endure the pain of trial.
He has done so in complete self-interest. He killed Helen in order to hide his horrible crime. We think he then left Helen’s body in Surrey.
“I am very proud of Messam’s officers for their efforts in getting him behind bars.
“This was an extensive investigation by Surrey and Sussex Police. With the help of our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police Service, we were able secure evidence from Messam’s Finsbury Park house.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Helen’s family, who displayed tremendous bravery during the investigation into Helen and subsequent trials, even though hearing disturbing details about their loved-one.
“I wish they can take some consolation from today’s result.”