A Ted Bundy obsessed killer who murdered an 18-year-old student after kidnapping her from a bus stop was driven by a “morbid desire” to "imitate" serial killers, a court has heard.
Bobbi-Anne McLeod was last seen in November waiting for a bus in Plymouth as she was on her way to meet her boyfriend but never arrived at the other end, prompting a widespread police investigation into her whereabouts.
Three days later, Cody Ackland, a guitarist in local band Rakuda, handed himself into a police station and admitted to officers: “It was me”. He was arrested and later pleaded guilty to her kidnap and murder.
Ackland and Miss McLeod were not known to each other.
At his sentencing hearing on Thursday, Plymouth Crown Court heard details of what happened to Miss McLeod for the first time, including how Ackland approached her from behind at the bus stop before inflicting a “sadistic” attack inspired by the modus operandi of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy.
When he later realised she was still breathing, Ackland told officers: "I thought f****** hell, wow, I mean hats off to her."
During a nine minute confession interview, Ackland said the initial attack was “meant to be it” but Miss McLeod sat up and tried to scream. He then carried her semi-conscious body into his car, parked behind the bus stop, and drove her 20 miles to the Bellever Forest car park on Dartmoor where he killed her with a hammer.