Good Morning Britain viewers sickened as guest defends killer Levi Bellfield's bid to get married

GOOD Morning Britain viewers were left sickened when a guest defended killer Levi Bellfield's bid to get married behind bars.

The Sun revealed Bellfield got down on one knee to propose in front of prison staff at the facility in County Durham.

Heike Phelan wed a Texan prisoner after he was found guilty as a "party to murder" and sentenced to 75 years in jail.

She told GMB hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard today: "I think it's really dangerous when you start mixing up someone's personal life with what they've been put in prison for.

"Once they've been convicted, that is supposed to be the punishment – their loss of freedom from society for a period of time.

"That's not meant to say, 'Oh, right, you are a non-person now, you're not entitled to anything. All you can do is breathe.'"

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GMB viewers said they were shocked and outraged by her comments after Kate suggested the victims would feel differently, and Heike said "I can't speak for them".

One person raged on Twitter: "This woman, wtf, she’s not even thinking of any victims in a crime…"

Another said: "Heike, you’re deluded love"

And a third typed: "What? There aren’t enough normal men in the world to marry? This woman needs her head testing. Anyone who would want to marry a murdering monster needs serious psychological help"

Speaking to Kate and Ben, Criminal barrister Jerry suggested: "I think most viewers would say, 'This is really creepy, it's almost ghoulish. How can anyone have a relationship with someone' – how often did you meet him?"

Heike said "four or five times" and continued: "Everyone has people in their lives before they commit these crimes or whatever they do.

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"It's a huge mistake to start saying, 'That's the end of all your personal relationships.' Because statistics and studies have shown that within two years of incarceration, close family and friends fall away."

Bellfield, 53, is serving two whole-life terms for three murders including that of Milly Dowler, 13, in 2002.

He began writing to his fiancee before sending gifts and poems.

The Government said it has launched an urgent review into whether it can stop "evil monster" Bellfield from marrying his girlfriend.

Bellfield is one of a handful of prisoners currently serving a whole-life term, meaning he will never be released, after being convicted of the murders of schoolgirl Milly Dowler, 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell, and French student Amelie Delagrange.

Prisons minister Victoria Atkins described Bellfield as "an evil, evil monster who has left a trail of despair and grief in his wake" while Downing Street said the Prime Minister was "sickened and appalled" by the news of the intended marriage.

She told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "My heart goes out to the families because, yet again, this appalling human being is on the front pages (of newspapers) and they're having to think about him."

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But she did not say, when asked, whether she could actually stop the wedding going ahead, citing Article 12 of the Human Rights Act and the right to marry.

She added: "I'm appalled that someone like this can make an application to get married – we're looking into it very carefully. Watch this space please."

While prison marriages are rare, they are not unheard of.

In 2017, Charles Bronson – one of the UK's longest serving and most notorious prisoners – married former soap actor Paula Williamson, while WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tied the knot with Stella Moris two months ago at Belmarsh high security jail while he awaits extradition to the US over espionage charges.

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