The serial killer Levi Bellfield is engaged and has requested a prison wedding, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.
Bellfield has applied for permission to marry a woman while he is serving two whole life orders for murdering Marsha McDonnell, Amelie Delagrange and Milly Dowler.
The former justice secretary Robert Buckland told the Sun, which first reported the news, that the proposed prison nuptials “beggars belief”.
He added: “Milly never got to see her wedding day. It cannot be right that he gets to have his.”
The newspaper said he is engaged to a female visitor and got down on one knee to propose in front of prison staff at HMP Frankland in County Durham.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “An application has been received and is being considered in the usual way.”
However, it is understood that Bellfield’s application is still being processed and is not at any further advanced stage.
The 53-year-old killer would need the permission of the prison governor to marry at the category A men’s prison.
Bellfield was given a whole life term for murdering McDonnell, 19, in 2003, and for murdering Delagrange, 22, and attempting to murder Kate Sheedy, 18, in 2004.
He was already serving this sentence when he went on trial for killing Dowler, who was taken from the street walking from school to her home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in March 2002.
Bellfield was found guilty of abducting and killing the 13-year-old schoolgirl following a trial at the Old Bailey in 2011.