JULIE Hogg was a 22-year-old pizza delivery girl and single mum who was murdered by Billy Dunlop in Billingham, Stockton on Tees in 1989.
Her family’s 15 year fight for justice was wrought with frustration – but made history when killer, Dunlop was finally jailed for his crimes despite the “double jeopardy” law. Read on to find out everything we know about Julie.
Who was Julie Hogg?
Mum-of-one, Julie Hogg, 22, worked as a pizza delivery girl in her hometown of Billingham.
She was a single mum to three-year-old Kevin at the time of her murder in 1989.
Following her disappearance in November of that year, police originally treated the case as a missing person’s.
However, three months later her horrified mum, Anne Ming, discovered Julie’s partially decomposed and mutilated body was found behind a bath panel in her home.
Julie’s body was found subject to “violent sexual assault.”
Devastated and Anne said finding her own daughter’s body was so traumatising, it “verges on the indescribable”
“To this day, I can still smell the putrefied smell which was our daughter,” she said.
“As a family, we are damaged beyond repair and will never be the same again as Julie will never return home.
“The love we feel for Julie means it is we who are serving the life sentence.”
What happened with her murder enquiry?
The horrific discovery sparked a murder inquiry and about 40 officers from Cleveland Police were assigned to the case.
There were initially several men suspected of killing Julie, including Dunlop.
The evidence against him included fingerprints on Julie’s keys, which were found under the floorboards at a house where Dunlop had been living.
Dunlop went to trial twice – with the final verdict coming back that he was cleared of Julie’s murder following an inconclusive verdict from the jury.
However, ten years later, Dunlop – who was in prison for an assault on another woman – confessed to a prison guard that he had murdered Julie, and bragged that he would never go down for it due to the “double jeopardy” law.
He was jailed for six years for perjury.
Following a 15-year-battle for justice from Julie’s mum, however, Dunlop was jailed for life in 2006 for the murder of Julie Hogg.