'Dangerous' Lewisham man given 35 years for killing 2 ex-partners

Carl Cooper will spend a minimum of 35 years behind bars
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A 'dangerous, violent domestic abuser' who killed two of his ex-partners - with one body yet to be found - has been slammed with a 35-year sentence. Naomi Hunte, 41, and Fiona Holm, 48, were killed by Carl Cooper in February 2022 and June 2023.

Carl Cooper, 66, of Broadfield Road, Hither Green, Lewisham, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 35 years earlier today (Tuesday, July 3).

Naomi was found having been stabbed to death in her home, in Congleton Grove, Woolwich, at 8.50pm on Monday, February 14, 2022, when a neighbour noticed her front door was open and went inside to check on her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

But the investigation is ongoing in Fiona's death as Cooper refuses to tell police where her body is. There is a £20,000 police reward for information which leads to her remains being found.

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Naomi Hunte was killed in her own home
Naomi Hunte was killed in her own home -Credit:Met Police

Police believe she died in the early hours of February 10. Her mobile phone and her bank account were inactive from that evening.

Coop’s mobile phone data showed that he was in the area of Naomi’s flat at the relevant times on February 9 and February 10. This was supported by CCTV evidence that showed some of his movements that night.

He was arrested on February 18, 2022, on suspicion of murder. In an interview he admitted that he was with Naomi on February 10, but claimed she had taken drugs and begun to act strangely, so he left.

On the same evening, when Naomi was already dead, Cooper made a call to Naomi's mobile phone. She didn’t pick up and Cooper did not leave a message.

After Cooper’s arrest for Naomi’s murder, he was released on bail as there was insufficient evidence. But police continued with their investigation over the next year.

Fiona Holm is yet to be found
Fiona Holm is yet to be found -Credit:Met Police

In June 2023 while under investigation for Naomi's murder, Fiona Holm, from Blackheath, who he was in a relationship with, was reported as a missing person on June 29.

When no sightings or digital activity could be found - coupled with her links to Carl Cooper - the homicide team investigating Naomi’s murder took over the investigation into Fiona’s disappearance on July 11.

It was classified as a murder investigation and Cooper was arrested that same day on suspicion of Fiona’s murder. On July 13 he was charged with both murders.

The last sighting of Fiona was at an off-licence in Verdant Lane, Bromley, just before 11pm on Tuesday, June 20, and police have not traced any more footage or sightings.

'A dangerous, violent domestic abuser who preys on women'

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Carl Cooper is a dangerous, violent domestic abuser who preys on women with vulnerabilities.

“He took the lives of two vibrant, sociable women who were so very loved by their families and friends. Naomi and Fiona are in my thoughts today.”

DCI Blackburn added: “This has been a long and complex investigation and I would like to sincerely thank the families of Naomi and Fiona for their unwavering support throughout both investigations. They have sat through court and heard the most difficult of information about the deaths of women they deeply loved. I cannot begin to understand the pain they will experience forever.

“While I am relieved that he will be incarcerated in a place where he poses no threat to women, my greatest regret will always be that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to charge him earlier.

“I am pleased that the evidence presented allowed the jury to see the true nature of Carl Cooper, who had gone to great lengths to remove traces of Fiona’s blood from his flat. It was shocking for the court to discover her blood was on various items in his flat, including a Wi-Fi router, the television, living room walls, and on the curtains.

"The trial being over does not mean that our efforts to find Fiona will stop. Despite Cooper cruelly denying Fiona’s family the opportunity to bury her, my team and I are, and will remain, committed to finding Fiona and returning her to her family. We also will continue to investigate the possibility that Cooper had help to remove Fiona’s body, and will arrest and charge those I have sufficient evidence to do so.”

Cooper was found guilty of both murders on Friday, July 28, at Woolwich Crown Court. He was sentenced earlier today (Tuesday, July 2) at the same court.

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