Preston mum Nicola Seed’s killer - her ex-partner David Bullman - may be one of 15 Lancashire mental health patients to kill.
STEF HALL reveals his parents never knew of his link to the mental health trust.
David Bullman’s life could have been very different.
He was adopted by a respected and well off Preston couple involved in the Quaker movement.
His arrival with his new family came in unusual circumstances because, at that time, interracial adoption was rare.
Despite suffering from cerebral palsy and a knee problem, which affects the way he walks, he attended a mainstream school - Archbishop Temple High School.
He was brought up in a leafy Preston suburb and on leaving school he had started to train as a chef. It would seem, despite a shaky start to his life, he was being given opportunities.
His adoptive parents are known for their charity links.
His father ran his own engineering firm, and was a lecturer and author.
In his late teens, David started to experiment with drugs.
One source, who did not wish to be named, said: “They were a nice family, but unfortunately I think David turned out to be a big disappointment to them.”
David met Nicola Seed, who was 10 years his junior, and similarly addicted to drugs.
The ex-Holy Family Primary School pupil was the middle of three children and lived on Beachley Road, Ingol, before moving out of the estate.
Childhood friends remember the smiling and mischievous tot making mud pies in her garden, while loved ones have fond memories of her talent for impressions and accents, often shown off at huge family parties, where she would have everyone in stitches.
As she grew older she became a promising athlete, training on the old race track on London Road, Frenchwood, with her dad.
But at the age of 15, her life, like David’s, started to take a different turn.
Her once promising future was slipping from her fingers as she began to try cannabis and booze, then harder drugs.
She went on to have four children - two of them with David - but they had a volatile relationship for the nine years they were together.
They moved to Ingol together but the Evening Post understands a local community association raised concerns at “activities” at their home.
Nicola, an avid Bob Marley fan who named one of their children after the reggae star, ended up jailed for attacking a former friend over a £10 debt.
On her release she moved to a flat in Hazel Grove, Ribbleton, and was taking steps to get back her children, who had been taken away from her.
Nicola and David broke up in December 2010.
On the day she died, Nicola had left a message for him to come and see her at her flat.
The pair went to the Grange convenience store, and the post office in Gammull Lane, Ribbleton, where Nicola accused him of stealing her Post Office card.
He claimed she had “started kicking off” at her flat after inhaling lighter fluid, and had insulted him about his disability.
He savagely beat her, leaving blood stains six feet up the wall, before strangling her with her bathrobe.
The Evening Post understands Bullman, who is currently serving 16 years behind bars, is one of 15 Lancashire Care Trust patients who went on to kill in the last 10 years.
The trust says it cannot confirm if he was in contact with them, but the date of one of 15 homicides in a Freedom of Information response corresponds to the date of Nicola’s death. Bullman’s father did not want to speak, and said David did not want to comment about his history - however he said he did not know David had been in contact with the trust.