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Cross-dressing killer Richard Cullen unlikely ever to be released for murder of Elizabeth Sims-Rees in Townhill

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

Elizabeth Sims-Rees who was murdered  in 2002.

Elizabeth Sims-Rees who was murdered in 2002 by Richard John Cullen in his Townhill, Swansea.

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THE mother of a woman killed by a cross-dressing murderer says she is happy after being told he is unlikely to ever be set free.

Sharon Martin said she received a letter from the parole board confirming Richard John Cullen was likely to always remain behind bars, following the death of her daughter Elizabeth Sims-Rees in 2002.

But she added: "He is sitting there on his bed in prison, he is watching television, and all I have is Elizabeth's grave to visit."

Cullen had murdered Mrs Martin's 21-year-old daughter in his Townhill home, and then abused her body.

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Cullen, who was jailed for life at Swansea Crown Court, had claimed Elizabeth Sims-Rees had been blackmailing him after seeing photographs of him dressed as a woman.

Then aged 45, he was born in Port Talbot and brought up in The Saltings in Briton Ferry, but had been living two doors away from his victim in Gwylfa Road, Townhill.

Mrs Martin faced further tragedy three years later, when 13-month-old Aaron Gilbert, the baby of her cousin Rebecca Lewis, was beaten to death by Lewis's partner Andrew Lloyd.

She said: "It still hurts, but this year I am dreading what would have been Elizabeth's 34th birthday in June.

"I am having panic attacks.

"I can still hear her, and baby Aaron, in my head.

"When I got a phone call from the parole board, I did not know what they were going to tell me.

"A neighbour came round and found me crying.

"He is a scumbag, and even though he won't ever get out, he can still apply for parole, and waste hard-working tax-payers money doing it."

A Ministry of Justice spokesman refused to give a statement, saying: "We do not comment on individuals."

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