These are the faces of two brutal killers.

A court today ruled that prostitute Nicola Bedford was guilty of the murder of dad of three Martin Ackroyd at his Huddersfield home.

And she did so along with her lover, Surjit Singh Sidhu _ known as Sid - who had already confessed to the murder.

Martin Ackroyd
Martin Ackroyd
 

Bedford, of Thornhill Lees, had previously been in a relationship with Mr Ackroyd, of Newsome.

But she then began an affair with Sidhu, who paid for her £5,000 breast enlargement operation and wanted to marry her.

Police welcomed the verdict from Bradford Crown Court and described the crime as “brutal”.

Mr Ackroyd had offered a home to Bedford, who was also a drug addict, but she and Sidhu attacked him.

They beat him, suffocated him with a plastic bag over his head and then strangled him with a length of electrical flex.

Nicola Bedford
Nicola Bedford
 

The callous killers then dumped his body in a bath and returned to the Ashenhurst Rise flat the following day to try and clear up the murder scene.

The detective who headed the investigation welcomed today’s verdict.

Det Chief Insp, Adrian Taylor, of Protective Services Crime, said: “This was a particularly brutal offence in which both Bedford and Sidhu used a significant level of violence over a sustained period to murder a man who had offered them a roof over their heads.

“Both were arrested quickly after the murder and have been brought to justice following thorough detective work to build cases against them.

“I hope their convictions at court bring some comfort to Martin’s family and can perhaps provide a sense of closure for them.”

Mr Ackroyd was a dad of three and his family have been in court during the two-week trial of Bedford.

A family spokesman said: “These people who have been convicted of murder gave my dad a death sentence and, by their actions, also gave me and my two brothers and his grandchildren a sentence of our own.

“My Dad was loved by all that knew him and he was taken away from us in a cruel way by evil people.

“My dad will be greatly missed, and it is especially hard at this time of year when he would have looked forward to spending time with us.