‘Law student’ who claimed to be at BPP pleads guilty to Christmas Eve murder

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Carl Langdell said he was doing GDL at BPP, but law school denies all knowledge of him

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Aspiring lawyer Carl Langdell has pleaded guilty to the Christmas Eve murder of a young history teacher.

The 26 year-old was charged on Christmas Day with the murder of 23 year-old Katie Locke, who was found dead at the Theobalds Park luxury hotel in Hertforshire the day before. An inquest has listed the provisional cause of her death as compression of the neck, which indicates that she may have been strangled.

According to his LinkedIn page — which is still live — Langdell claims to have founded his own law firm called ‘Langdell Legal Associates’. His online profile also claims that he is studying the GDL at BPP, though the London-based law school has since denied this.


A BPP University spokesman told Legal Cheek:

According to our records, a student with the name of Carl Langdell is not — and has never been — a student at BPP University.

Though Langdell appeared in St Albans Crown Court via video link in January, he did not enter a plea at that stage. The court ordered psychiatric reports to be prepared by the defence, and Langdell was remanded in custody pending today’s plea and case management hearing, at which pleaded guilty.

He will be sentenced on 21 April.