Killer could serve sentence in Germany

WAR games fanatic David Heiss may serve his life sentence in Germany for the savage murder of Suffolk student Matthew Pyke, it emerged today.

WAR games fanatic David Heiss may serve his life sentence in Germany for the savage murder of Suffolk student Matthew Pyke, it emerged today.

Heiss was found guilty yesterday of the murder of the 20-year-old in a flat above the Orange Tree pub, in North Sherwood Street, Nottingham.

Heiss was sentenced to a minimum 18-year term in prison, but it has now been revealed he may be allowed to serve out his sentence in Germany.

Heiss is currently in a British prison, but it is understood his German family want him to see out his time in his homeland. German officials are discussing the issue with the Home Office.


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After Heiss was found guilty, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Heydon said the case was the most harrowing he had ever investigated.

Mr Pyke was stabbed 86 times after Heiss became infatuated with Mr Pyke's girlfriend, Joanna Witton, another online war games user.

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Heiss flipped when the exasperated couple blocked him as an online contact and travelled to Nottingham to commit the murder.

"In my view, David Heiss is the most callous, cold-hearted individual I have dealt with," said Det chf Insp Heydon.

Heiss, an office trainee, of Dauborn, near Limburg, revealed at his trial he still had not given up hope of being with Joanna.

He twice wrote to her from prison in Germany and England and suggested meeting her.

His mother, Betty Heiss, said: "My son needs the professional help of a psychologist."

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