MAXINE Carr is infamous for trying to cover up for her boyfriend Ian Huntley when he killed schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.
But after a court decided she played no part in the murders, she served just 21 months in prison – and was granted lifetime anonymity.
Who is Maxine Carr?
Maxine Carr is a former teaching assistant
She was jailed aged 37 for giving Huntley a false alibi after he killed Holly and Jessica.
Carr infamously turned on Huntley as he sat in the dock during his murder trial, describing him as “that thing in the box”.
She is one of only four former UK prisoners protected by a lifelong anonymity order — along with child killer Mary Bell and James Bulger’s murderers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.
What happened to Maxine Carr?
Former classroom assistant Carr served just 21 months of her sentence for perverting the course of justice.
On her release from jail in 2004 Carr was given a new secret identity amid concerns she would be attacked.
Draconian legal orders gave her lifelong anonymity.
Lying Carr told police her then fiancé Huntley had been with her on August 4, 2002 when Holly and Jessica were murdered in Soham, Cambs.
In fact she had been in Grimsby — at a nightclub with another man.
Since her release from prison in 2004 it has cost the taxpayer around £2.5million to provide Carr with a new identity and police protection.
The notorious liar has since rebuilt her life – and even remarried in a lavish ceremony wearing a £2,000 ivory dress.
Despite knowing about her disturbing past, Carr's besotted new boyfriend walked her down the aisle at a luxury wedding venue in 2014.
But her new husband’s relatives were said to be stunned at his decision to marry Carr after learning of her shameful past.
Carr was said to have delighted in being the centre of attention – smiling and joking with guests and bridesmaids before making her way out into the venue’s picturesque grounds.
How did Carr know Ian Huntley?
Carr, then aged 22, met a 25-year-old Huntley at nightclub in Grimsby in 1999.
She moved into the killer’s flat in the town of Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire, shortly after.
In November 2001, Huntley started his job as caretaker at Soham Village College and moved into a cottage which came with the job.
Carr, who was living with Huntley in the quiet village, was also working as a teaching assistant at the school when schoolgirls Holly and Jessica vanished.
In the two weeks following the disappearance Carr vouched for Huntley repeatedly.
It meant police initially eliminated him as a suspect. Carr also cleaned their house of evidence.
The pair were finally arrested when witnesses revealed that Carr was 110 miles away in her home town when the girls were killed.
What has Huntley said about Maxine Carr?
In February 2018, a series of prison cell recordings obtained by The Sun, Huntley slammed his former lover branding her a liar while saying: “I wish her every happiness.”
The twisted Soham killer broke his ten year silence over the murders that rocked the nation in 2002.
On the recording Huntley denies still being in love with her but says: “I wish her all the very best. I hope she is happy in what she is doing.
“I just hope she has found happiness.
“I hope she has been able to move on from all this.”
Huntley has previously claimed from prison that it was Carr who orchestrated the cover-up after the murders in Soham, Cambridgeshire.
He said she told him to move the girls’ bodies from his car boot to remote woodland near Lakenheath, Suffolk.
On the tape Huntley says: “In court she told some lies in order to distance herself from me and I understand that.
“I was a little bit shocked at how far she actually did go. And my solicitors did try to advise me to be more upfront with Maxine.”
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