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Sally Anne Bowman
Born 11 September 1987(1987-09-11)
Sutton, Greater London, United Kingdom
Died 25 September 2005 (aged 18)
Croydon, Greater London, United Kingdom
Cause of death Murder
Body discovered Croydon, Greater London, United Kingdom
Occupation Model

The murder of Sally Anne Bowman concerns Sally Anne Bowman born (11 September 1987 – 25 September 2005) who was an up and coming model from the United Kingdom. She was violently murdered and raped near her home in Croydon, South London, just two weeks after her 18th birthday.


Life and career

Sally Anne had attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon. She had dreams of one day appearing on the cover of Vogue magazine and also being the next Kate Moss. In January 2005, she joined Pulse Model Management, a local talent agency in pursuit of her dream. Sally took part in the Swatch Alternative Fashion Week in April of the same year and described her experience there. "I was so nervous all week particularly when all the models were lined up and the designers chose who they wanted to model their clothes - luckily I was picked by loads of designers which gave me more confidence." [1][2]


In 2005 Bowman was brutally murdered, viciously stabbed to death, and then her corpse raped. Mark Dixie was accused and charged with the assault and murder of Bowman. At the Old Bailey on 22 February 2008, Dixie was found guilty of Bowman's murder by a jury of seven women and five men after only two days of deliberation. The jury sat for three hours and Dixie was found guilty by a unanimous verdict. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended minimum of 34 years, by which time he will 70 years old. This is among the longest minimum terms ever imposed upon a single murderer.[3]. It was then revealed that Dixie was already a convicted serial sex offender.[4]

Following Dixie's conviction, Detective Superintendent Stuart Cundy, who had led the Bowman investigation, said: "It is my opinion that a national DNA register — with all its appropriate safeguards — could have identified Sally Anne's murderer within 24 hours. Instead it took nearly nine months before Mark Dixie was identified, and almost two-and-a-half years for justice to be done."

The calls for a such a register were, however, turned down by ministers and other politicians who claimed that it would raise practical as well as civil liberties issues.[5]

A documentary about the murder was broadcast on BBC1 at 10.35pm on 8 April 2008. Another TV special, as part of ITV'S 'Real Crime' series documented Sally-Anne's killing, with interviews, the history of the case and reconstructions included.

Mark Dixie

Mark Philip Dixie
Born 25 September 1970
Streatham, London
Alias(es) Mark Down
Mark McDonald
Steven McDonald
Shane Turner
Penalty life (34 years recommended)
Occupation chef
Children 3

Mark Philip Dixie (born 25 September 1970, Streatham, London) was a chef who worked at the Ye Old Six Bells in Horley, Surrey.[6]

His DNA was taken when he was arrested in neighbouring town Crawley, West Sussex,[7] after being involved in a fight while watching a World Cup football match, and matched with that of Sally Anne's killer.

Dixie denied the murder but, as part of his defence, claimed that he had spent the night on drink on drugs and had gone out to buy more cocaine. He claimed to have come across the body of Sally Anne Bowman, murdered, he said, by a third party, and had sex with her after she was killed]].

Dixie is also accused of a sexual assault in 2001, where it is believed he masturbated in front of a woman in a telephone booth.[8]

In October 2006, Dixie's DNA was sent to Western Australia to be tested against that of the DNA evidence in the Claremont serial killer case between 1996 and 1997, as it is believed he was in the area at the time of the killings, and may have committed them.[8] At his trial for the murder of Sally Anne Bowman, an unnamed Thai woman gave evidence that Dixie had stabbed and raped her in Australia in 1998; Dixie has yet to be formally charged with this attack, though a DNA sample from the woman's underwear has been matched to him.[9]


On 11 September 2008, a memorial was held in place for Sally Anne to mark what would have been her 21st birthday. Balloons were released in Central Croydon outside Primark along North End.


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