THE father of two little girls killed by their mother because they stopped her meeting men said yesterday: “No punishment will ever be enough.” Chris Draper was in court as a judge jailed Louise Porton for life, ordering her to spend a minimum of 32 years behind bars.
Sex worker Louise Porton, 23, showed little emotion as she was jailed for smothering three-year-old Lexi Draper and 17-month-old Scarlett Vaughan. Before she was led to the cells, Mr Draper asked her: “Why did you do something so evil to our beautiful daughters?” But he got no answer. Mrs Justice Yip described Porton as “evil” and “calculating” for suffocating the girls and then telling a stream of lies.
“These were blameless young children who were plainly vulnerable and ought to have been able to rely on their mother to protect and nurture them,” the judge said. “Instead you took their young lives away.”
Porton, of Rugby, Warks, denied murdering her daughters 18 days apart last year. She claimed she loved them and liked the way they “made her laugh”.
But a jury at Birmingham Crown Court found her guilty on Thursday and she was sentenced yesterday.
Porton researched ways to kill her children online.
She asked: “Can you actually die if you have a blocked nose and cover your mouth with tape?”
She tried to kill Lexi twice in January last year.
While the little girl was ill in hospital with “breathing problems”, her mother slipped into a lavatory to take topless photos for a client.
Lexi was finally suffocated on January 15.
Days later, Porton took Scarlett to an undertakers to arrange her sister’s funeral.
A funeral arranger heard Porton laughing during a video call to set up a date with a stranger.
Oliver Saxby, QC, prosecuting, told the jury her daughters “got in the way of doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with whom she wanted”.
The day she killed Lexi, Porton contacted 41 men via a dating app.
She told one man: “My little girl passed away yesterday.”
When offered condolences, the killer replied: “It’s all right.”
Both children had symptoms consistent with deliberate airway obstruction, the court heard.
Scarlett also had signs of recent bleeding in her neck tissue, suggestive of neck compression.
Medics could find no “natural reason” for their deaths.
Porton even tried to sell the dead girls’ clothes on Facebook.
Mr Draper did not have contact with his daughters and never met Scarlett.
In an impact statement, he told how he felt “broken” with “nothing to live for
“Maybe if social services had listened to me, my girls would still be alive today,” he said.
Detective Superintendent Pete Hill of Warwickshire Police said: “I will never be able to understand why Louise Porton murdered her children.”