‘Psychopath with a conscience’ sentenced to 49 years for murdering two women


Telegraph reporters

Fri, 13 January 2023 at 9:08 pm GMT

Mark Brown who has been jailed at Hove Crown Court for life with a minimum term of 49 years for the murders of escorts Leah Ware, 33, and Alexandra Morgan, 34, in Sussex in 2021 - Kent Police
Mark Brown who has been jailed at Hove Crown Court for life with a minimum term of 49 years for the murders of escorts Leah Ware, 33, and Alexandra Morgan, 34, in Sussex in 2021 – Kent Police

A killer who described himself as a “psychopath with a conscience” was condemned by a judge after he failed to turn up to court.

Mark Brown, 41, had not attended court because his conscience “is untroubled by what he has done”, Justice Nicholas Hilliard said as he sentenced Mr Brown in his absence on Friday after he refused to attend Hove Crown Court.

He was sentenced for 49 years for the murders of Leah Ware, 33, and Alexandra Morgan, 34, six months apart in 2021. He killed both women at a remote farm near St Leonards in East Sussex in May and November 2021 after meeting them through a sex work website.

The builder had previously described himself as a “psychopath with a conscience”. He put Ms Morgan head first into a homemade incinerator before dumping her remains, while the body of Ms Ware has never been found, although prosecutors believe he used a similar method to dispose of her body.

The judge said that Leah Ware had been “particularly vulnerable” and that she had had a number of issues in her personal life before she took up with Brown, which he knew. The judge said this made the offence more serious “because it represents betrayal of the trust and security which she should expect between people in intimate relationships”.

“In the period leading up to the murder, Brown used Leah to satisfy his own sexual desires. I can’t say how the defendant murdered Leah Ware – part of the purpose of obliterating her remains was to hide how she came about her death.”

Leah Ware (left) and Alexandra Morgan (right) - Kent Police/PA Wire
Leah Ware (left) and Alexandra Morgan (right) – Kent Police/PA Wire

The court heard that contact with Alexandra Morgan began in May 2021, when Brown was “pretending to himself he was in a relationship with her in which payment for sex wasn’t a factor, when it very much was”.

“In October he offered her a job where she could earn over £100,000 and she was going to take part in a scheme of some kind,” the judge said.

“She came to Little Bridge Farm as Mark Brown pretended it was the start of the money-making scheme. He claimed to have the inside scoop. She was extremely vulnerable because she was on her own at the isolated farm, beyond help.”

The court heard that Brown had not intended for Ms Morgan to leave the farm alive.

“Alex must have been in the container in the barn and Brown engaged in violent sexual activity with her against her will as he had planned. This explained the condoms with his semen and her DNA in the barn which he forgot to get rid of.”

“He successfully disposed of Leah Ware’s body – exactly what happened will never be known but he intended for Alex Morgan to never leave Little Bridge Farm alive.”

“Brown hasn’t attended court today which shows his conscience is untroubled by what he has done.”

In the six months between killing Ms Ware and Ms Morgan, Brown messaged a friend, calling himself a “psychopath with a conscience” and saying: “I’m going to be very careful how I word this – it happened again, not very long ago when disposing of something.”

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