ITV has been blasted by the mother of one of Levi Bellfield's victims for making a drama about the serial killer
The mother of one of Levi Bellfield's teenage victims has told of her anger that her daughter's agony is being used as fodder for entertainment in a forthcoming television drama series.
Martin Clunes will star in ITV's 'Manhunt,' as Chief Inspector Colin Sutton the ex Senior Investigations Officer with the Met's Murder Squad credited with securing Bellfield's conviction for a litany of crimes including three counts of murder and one of attempted murder.
Earlier this week the actor was branded 'crass and insensitive' for his comments that the drama is not 'violence porn,' because there 'isn't any blood,' but a study of 'dogged police work.'
But for Eileen Sheedy, 50, whose daughter Bellfield left for dead when Bellfield struck without warning, motivation or mercy, on 28 May, 2004, the issue is not how Clunes described the drama. It's the fact that it is being made at all.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline she said, 'What happened is still very raw, if that makes sense, for it to be made into a drama. It's not that long ago. It doesn't feel that long ago.
Kate Sheedy's mother Eileen questioned why the crime drama needed to be made about her daughter's suffering 'in the name of entertainment'. Bellfield ran over Kate (pictured) twice in 2004 in his white transit van and it was a miracle she survived
Martin Clunes who stars in the ITV drama 'Manhunt' has also been criticised for his language used to defend the show when he said it's not not 'violence porn'
Clunes (left) plays Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, the ex Senior Investigations Officer with the Met's Murder Squad credited with securing Bellfield's conviction for a litany of crimes including three counts of murder and one of attempted murder
'We always knew it would happen but just not in our lifetime perhaps. It has taken years to recover from this and to have it all brought up again like this, in the name of entertainment…?'
Kate Sheedy was just 18 years old when Bellfield tried to kill her. The brutality of his attack was such that when the former bouncer left the scene he can have been in no doubt that he had succeeded.
The outgoing Head Girl of Gumley House Convent School was celebrating her last day of school.
In 2011 Bellfield was convicted of the murder of Milly Dowler (pictured), whose family spent years not knowing what happened to her. He was told he should never be released from jail
She and some friends had gone to a local pub and finished off the night with karaoke before she got the bus home to Isleworth, West London.
It was only the second or third time she had gone