A dating app killer revealed he fantasised about murder and necrophilia before he strangled a young woman to death and dumped her body in a bush, an inquest heard.

"Narcissistic" fantasist Carl Langdell shared his depraved fantasies with a psychiatric nurse before brutally murdering 23-year-old Katie Locke in a hotel room in the early hours of Christmas Eve 2015.

The "cold and callous" fantasist killed the young history teacher he had met on Plenty of Fish at Theobolds Park Hotel in Hertfordshire.

Her body was found in a bush near a skip in the grounds less than four months following his release from a psychiatric unit.

Langdell had told a Community Psychiatric Nurse that he wanted to cut a girl's throat, see her naked and have sex with her when she was dead, it was heard.

A statement from a pathologist Charlotte Randall found the cause of death to be compression of the neck, the Mail Online reports.

She said: "There is little doubt it was a forceful and prolonged assault and was accompanied by serous sexual violence."

Psychopathic Langdell was in contact with 20 women on various internet dating sites at the time, a coroner heard on Wednesday.

The Southampton University graduate was also unaware Langdell was serving a suspended sentence for threatening to kill two people and he took at least one other woman to the hotel before her murder, the inquest at Hatfield heard.

Langdell pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Locke when he was 26.

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He was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 26 years in June 2016.

In February he died in Wakefield Maximum Security Prison aged 30, having taken his own life.

Assistant Coroner Alison McCormick said the juryless inquest was being held following an application by Ms Locke's parents Bill and Jennifer.

The coroner said she will decide whether "acts or admissions" by public bodies contributed to the death of Ms Locke.

She was the youngest of three daughters who lived with her parents in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

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Nick Armstrong, who is representing Mr and Mrs Locke, said Langdell, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, had internet contact with up to 20 women.

The inquest heard he had talked about carrying out rape scenarios.

Mr Armstrong said the former journalism student at Hertfordshire University was released from a mental ward on 20 September 2015, adding: "He was dating multiple woman across multiple websites.

"He had used the hotel at least one before and had lied about who he was."

Dr Philip Joseph, a forensic psychiatrist who examined Langdell for his sentencing hearing said in a report that he was "emotionally unstable" and had "psychopathic disorders".

He said: "He was narcissistic, emotionally unstable and was also cold and callous. He got sexual satisfaction from controlling women.

"It is likely the killing was sexually motivated. He had a callous unconcern for Katie Locke."

Chief Inspector Stephen O'Keefe of Hertfordshire police said Langdell had been cautioned in 2009 for assaulting a girlfriend.

In February 2015 he made threats to kill his girlfriend's sister and threatened to kill a Mental Health worker in Avon and Somerset.

He was bailed to Hertfordshire where he attempted to kill himself and was placed under the supervision of Hertfordshire's mental health services.

Chief Inspector O'Keefe said the bail conditions had been had not been communicated to Hertfordshire police.

Three weeks before he killed Ms Locke he had received a suspended sentence at Bristol for making the threats.

At the time of her death she was working as a history teacher at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney, east London.

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