A FORMER Papworth Hospital worker who strangled his girlfriend and dumped her body at a disused airfield has failed to win a cut in the minimum jail term he must serve for her murder. Shaun Leslie Hilton, 39, of Brooke Street, Soham, was jailed for life at Cambridge Crown Court in February after being found guilty of murdering Kim Fuller. He had admitted the killing in March last year, but the jury rejected his contention it was manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. The judge ordered Hilton to serve a minimum 15 years before he could be considered for release on parole. On Wednesday last week, London's Criminal Appeal Court refused to cut the minimum term, rejecting submissions it was too long. Mr Justice Crane dismissed claims made by Hilton's QC Karim Khalil who, while accepting the concealment of the body was an aggravating feature, claimed the sentencing judge gave too much weight to it. The QC said the body was fully clothed, uncovered, in an obvious place and had not been hidden under nearby trees. But Mr Justice Crane, sitting with Lord Justice Maurice Kay and Mrs Justice Dobbs, said Hilton also had sent misleading text messages from Miss Fuller's phone to a male friend after she went missing.