A WAITER who murdered a North West woman on a Greek holiday island was yesterday jailed for life.
Wendy Sullivan's battered body was found in a forest in Rhodes last September.
Denis Petrovich Pavlenko, 23, a Ukranian who lives on the island, was arrested within a week of her killing.
He denied killing Ms Sullivan but an Athens court took just one day to find him guilty. He was also convicted of attempted rape and was jailed for eight years.
During yesterday's trial, Pavlenko blamed a Moldovan friend, 21-year-old Roman Maximov, for killing Ms Sullivan.
The court heard how Pavlenko and Maximov both lived and worked on this island.
Greek police believe Maximov, a construction worker, fled to his homeland on the day of the killing and have issued an international warrant for his arrest.
Ms Sullivan's body was found in Kallithea, about 280 miles south east of Athens. After police found bloody shoes and clothes in his apartment, Pavlenko admitted that he and Maximov stole a friend's car to take Ms Sullivan to the forest.
Ms Sullivan, 25, a hairdresser and care worker from Winsford, was half- way through a two-week holiday with her old school friend, Zoe Beresford, when she was attacked.
An inquest heard that, the night before she died, the friends had gone out drinking in the resort town of Faliraki before separating in the early hours of the morning.
Ms Sullivan went to a man's apartment after leaving a bar and it was when she left there, at about 8am, that she was seen to get into a white rental car with two men.
Her body was found a mile away the next day. A postmortem gave the cause of death as multiple injuries and suffocation. Police said she was the victim of a frenzied attack.
Her killing was the first on Rhodes for at least six years. The island is visited by thousands of young British holidaymakers.
A team of 25 officers was assigned to the case.