Families of the two victims applauded in the public gallery after the jury returned guilty verdicts.
Members of the jury were then told that Farrant, 48, committed the offences within weeks of being released from jail after serving seven years of a 12-year sentence for rape.
Sentencing Farrant to life for the murder and to 18 years for the attempted murder, the judge told him: "This murder was so terrible and you are so dangerous that in your case, the sentence of life should mean just that - you should never be released. The opportunity to do so again should not be allowed to you." Mrs Fidler was attacked so savagely that she has no memory of the incident.
At her home in Eastleigh, Hants, in December 1995, Farrant smashed her around the head with three wine bottles and an iron, "reducing her to a bloodied unrecognisable heap", according to the judge. In February 1996, Farrant murdered his former girlfriend, Mrs Hoskins, an accountant, at her home in Portsmouth.
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The historic offences date back to a sustained period of abuse during the 1960s and 70s, with the earliest committed when he was just 11 himself.Ukip's candidate, Diane James, who according to sources in the constituency "appears more Conservative than the Conservative" candidate Maria Hutchings, is understood to have had a lot of support on the doorstep from voters concerned about immigration and the NHS.Her campaign poster has no sign of Ukip's lurid yellow and purple colours but shows her pictured against a blue sky and green grass background – a trademark of David Cameron's Conservative Party.Diane James comes across as more centrist and sensible. It is possible she could win this."At the same time, the Lib Dems have been dealt a blow by the revelations about Lord Rennard, the party's long-term by-election mastermind.A tight finish between the Lib Dems and Ukip would leave the Conservatives in third place.The murder of Glenda Hoskins, 45, a mother of three, was "a ruthless, callous and evil act", Mr Justice Butterfield told Victor Farrant at Winchester Crown Court yesterday.His attack on Ann Fidler, 45, a prostitute, was "one of unparalleled ferocity".Set in the beautiful Hampshire village of Chandlers Ford the Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital is conveniently located off Junction 12 of the M3 between Southampton and Winchester.The hospital boasts 50 private, en-suite patient bedrooms, four theatres, 15 consulting rooms, onsite pathology, eight physiotherapy and health screening rooms, endoscopy suite, fully equipped gymnasium and state of the art diagnostic equipment including CT, MRI, mammography and x-ray.The latest poll inside the constituency by Populus for The Times put the Lib Dem candidate, Mike Thornton, clearly ahead on 33 per cent, the Tories on 28 per cent, Ukip on 21 per cent and Labour fourth on 11 per cent.But analysis by UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells revealed that those numbers included allocating "don't knows" to parties based on how they voted in 2010.