Tuesday, 8 February 2011


Monday 24th May 2010, Up to 20 armed police attend the third-floor flat in Holmfield Court, Thornton Road, just outside Bradford city centre, occupied by Stephen Griffiths – “The Crossbow Cannibal”

Tuesday 25th May 2010, The dismembered body of missing prostitute Suzanne Blamires was found in the river Aire in Shipley. Suzanne Blamires was last seen on Friday 21st May, while Ms Armitage, had been missing since Monday 26th April, and Ms Rushworth, disappeared on 22nd June 2009.

Thursday 27th May 2010, After being given extra time to question Griffiths, police approached the CPS, who agreed there was enough evidence to charge Griffiths with three murders. Peter Mann head of the Complex Casework Unit with the CPS in West Yorkshire, made the statement outside Trafalgar House police station in Nelson Street, Bradford, at 5.40pm

Friday 28th May 2010, Griffiths appeared before magistrates in Bradford, when asked to give his name he said "The Crossbow Cannibal". Asked for his address he replied "urmmm... here l guess".

District Judge Mrs Susan Bouch remanded Griffiths in custody to appear at Bradford Crown Court Friday afternoon. 2:15pm. Griffiths appeared at Bradford Crown Court, flanked by 4 security guards. He was asked "Are you Stephen Sean Griffiths", he replied "yes". This was the only time he spoke in the 8 minute hearing. He was remanded in custody to appear via video link on 7th June.

At Leeds Crown court, Griffiths admitted murdering Ms Blamires between 20th May and 25th May; murdering Ms Rushworth between 22nd June, 2009, and 25th May 2010, and murdering Ms Armitage between 25th April and 25th May. Prosecutor Robert Smith QC, told the court, Griffiths told police Ms Blamires - who he knew as "Amber" - was "gone". He added that  the student told officers he had "eaten some of her",  further adding "that's part of the magic". The court was also told Griffiths possessed "disturbing video recordings and images", and there was evidence that Ms Armitage and Ms Rushworth had bled in his flat.

Tuesday 21st December 2010,  at Leeds Crown Court, The Judge His Honour Mr Justice Openshaw told Griffiths that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.