Case History

2016: Sadie Hartley Murder

An obsessive “she devil” who murdered a love rival in a brutal attack she plotted with a friend has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.
Sarah Williams, 35, stunned Sadie Hartley with a cattle prod and stabbed her 41 times in an “orgy of violence”.
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2016: Angela Wrightson Murder

Two 15-year-old girls have been given life sentences with minimum terms of 15 years for the torture and murder of a vulnerable woman. Angela Wrightson, 39, was found semi-naked in her living room in Hartlepool with more than 100 injuries – including 80 to her face – in December 2014.
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2014: Phone Hacking Scandal

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been jailed for 18 months for conspiring to hack phones. Ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges against her as the long-running phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey came to and end last month.
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2011: Derrick Bird Shootings - Cumbria

Twelve people were killed by a gunman who went on the rampage across Cumbria in north-west England. Taxi driver Derrick Bird shot dead a colleague in the town of Whitehaven, before driving through the countryside apparently targeting people at random.
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2008: Steve Wright Ipswich Murders

Steve Wright will spend the rest of his life in jail for murdering five women in Suffolk. Wright killed prostitutes Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls before dumping their bodies around Ipswich.
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James Warnock jailed for life for Yiannoulla Yianni's murder

A man who raped and murdered a teenage girl in 1982 has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years.
James Warnock, 56, strangled 17-year-old Yiannoulla Yianni in an attack described as “cruel, brutal and without mercy” at her north London home.
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'Thank you judge, I appreciate it'

A robber thanked a judge who gave him further time behind bars for raids on a petrol station and a pub.
Alexander Begley said: “Thank you judge, I appreciate it” as he was sentenced after forensic experts saw through the disguise he wore on two robberies.
The towering 6ft 5” 25-year-old was identified by his stoop, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Experts from a private forensic firm studied CCTV images of two ghostly masked figures in white boilersuits with hammers who smashed 21 windows in a pub and days later robbed an all-night garage.
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Second man charged over distraction burglary in Chesterfield

Officers investigating a distraction burglary in Chesterfield in February this year have charged a 24-year-old man.
Thomas Sykes from Easton Lane in Chippenham was charged with burglary on Friday and appeared before magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre the next day.
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Thirteen men sentenced for Spinney Hill disorder

Thirteen people who were responsible for an incident of violent disorder in the Spinney Hill area of Leicester have been jailed for a combined total of more than 13 years.
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Calderdale gang jailed for grooming and abusing girls

Fifteen men who “systematically” groomed and sexually abused teenage girls in Halifax have been jailed.
They were convicted of child sex offences including rape, grooming and trafficking during three separate trials at Leeds Crown Court.
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'Dangerous teenage rapist is jailed for six years'

A “dangerous” teenager has been jailed for six years after he was found guilty of rape and sexual assault offences. Owen Randall, (17), of Henray Avenue, Eyres Monsell, Leicester, was found guilty of the crimes at the conclusion of a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
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Shane Tunney murder trial: Two guilty of 'savage' killing

Two men have been found guilty of the “savage” street murder of a man who was “kicked like a football”. Shane Tunney, 24, died after he was attacked by a gang on Norton High Street in Stockton, as he went to buy pizza last June. Kearan Terry Davis and Kieran Harry Davis, both 18, had denied killing him.
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Daniel Kirkwood Murder: Knifeman Guilty of stabbing

Tobijah Thompson, 25, who was living in Bearwood at the time, murdered teenager Daniel Kirkwood by stabbing him in the neck.
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17 Years for Shrewsbury man

A violent man with a record of attacking women has been jailed for 17 years for murdering his partner at the offices where she worked in Shrewsbury. Nigel Woolley left Julie Mercer lying in agony on the floor of Dial-a-Ride on the Sundorne Trade Park. She suffered severe injuries – including a split pancreas and rib fractures – and was found dead at the scene, Worcester Crown Court was told.
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Hussain brothers jailed in Rotherham abuse case

Three brothers who groomed, raped and sexually assaulted 15 teenage girls in Rotherham have been jailed. Arshid Hussain, 40, was jailed for 35 years while siblings Basharat, 39, and Bannaras, 36, were jailed for 25 and 19 years respectively.
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Jordan Watson death trio sentenced

A knife-obsessed man who murdered a 14-year-old boy whose girlfriend he was infatuated with has been jailed for life, along with his accomplice.
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Thailand backpacker murders: Burmese workers sentenced to death

Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo found guilty of the murder of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller. A court in Thailand has convicted a pair of Burmese men of the murder of two young British tourists on the holiday island of Koh Tao, a verdict described as just by one victim’s family but condemned as deeply flawed by human rights groups.
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Hartlepool Mark Dixon death: Paul Sutton found guilty of manslaughter

A man has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a man who died after being attacked on a night out in Hartlepool.

Sunderland killer brothers Jess and Jack Ryan labelled 'cowardly'

Two brothers who stabbed a Sunderland man to death after he turned his back on them have been jailed for life.
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Four jailed over £1.1m Basildon Hospital scam

Four health experts who executed a “well-planned” fraud at a hospital they nicknamed “Bas Vegas” have been jailed.
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Luke Hollingsworth murder: Life term for Jamie Armstrong

A man who stabbed his friend to death in a row money and drugs has been jailed for life.
The body of Luke Hollingsworth, 23, was found at a house on Etterby Lea Road, Carlisle, in July 2013.
Jamie Armstrong denied murder, blaming masked intruders who demanded drugs money and attacked them both, but was convicted at Carlisle Crown Court.
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Dumbbell murder: Andrejs Pozdnakovs jailed for 27 years

A man who killed a Derby man with a dumbbell has been sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in jail.
Trevor Middleton, 36, lay undiscovered for 11 days after the attack at his home on Northumberland Street in the city.
Andrejs Pozdnakovs, 30, of no fixed address, was given a life sentence at Derby Crown Court for the murder in September last year.
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Georgia Williams death: Jamie Reynolds admits murder

A man who strangled the 17-year-old daughter of a police detective before dumping her body in woodland has pleaded guilty to murder.
Georgia Williams went missing from her home in Wellington, Shropshire, on 26 May.
Her body was found off the Nant-y-Garth pass near Wrexham four days later.
Jamie Reynolds, 23, fled to Scotland after the killing and was arrested at a hotel in Glasgow. He will be sentenced on 19 December.
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Anxiang Du guilty of murder of Northampton family of four

A businessman has been convicted of murdering a family of four in a revenge attack after he lost a legal case against them.
Jifeng “Jeff” Ding, his wife, Ge “Helen” Chui, and daughters Xing, 18, and Alice, 12, were stabbed to death in Wootton, Northants, in April 2011.
Anxiang Du had denied four counts of murder but admitted killing the family.
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Gang 'trafficked over 50 women to work as prostitutes'

A gang smuggled woman into the UK from Eastern Europe and set them up in hotels as prostitutes, a jury at Hove Crown Court has heard.
Mate Puskas, 25, Victoria Brown, 25, Zoltan Mohacsi, 36, Istvan Toth, 34, and Peter Toth, 28, are accused of conspiracy to control prostitutes and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
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Peter McMahon death: Two jailed for freezer body murder

Two people have been jailed for life for the murder of a pensioner whose body they dumped in a chest freezer before plundering his bank account.
Peter McMahon, 68, was found in a flat in Newcastle in December. He had suffered a number of injuries, including gouging to his eyes.
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Llywelyn Thomas murder: Two jailed for 'brutal' killing

Two men who battered a retired farmer to death in Cambridgeshire have been jailed for life.
Llywelyn Thomas, 76, was found dead in his home in the village of Chittering just before Christmas 2011.
Gary Smith, 21, of Fen Road in Chesterton, and his nephew, Frankie Parker, 26, of Nene Road, Ely, had both denied murder.
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Bradley Davies guilty of murdering Shrewsbury busker Ben Bebbington

A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a busker who was found injured on a canal towpath.
Bradley Davies, 18, of Westering, in Ditherington, Shrewsbury, admitted being involved in the attack on Ben Bebbington but had blamed his co-accused Stewart Doran.
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John Coates murder trial: Robert Baker jailed for life

A man has been jailed for life after being found guilty of beating his neighbour to death before dumping him naked into a bath.
The decomposing body of John Coates, 61, was found at Fleet House, Middlesbrough, last September.
Robert Baker, 24, was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday.

Gateshead head-severing: Karl Bestford jailed for murder

A man who tried to cut his landlord’s head off in a row over rent arrears has been jailed for life for his murder.
Ex-abattoir worker Karl Bestford stabbed and mutilated Simon Meech, 46, after inviting him round to his flat in Gateshead, on 28 July last year.
The 35-year-old had denied murder but was found guilty by a jury, at Newcastle Crown Court.
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Aamir Siddiqi murder: Jason Richards and Ben Hope given 40 years each

Two “staggeringly incompetent” hitmen must serve a minimum of 40 years each in jail for stabbing to death an innocent student after they targeted the wrong house.
Aamir Siddiqi, 17, was attacked at his Cardiff home by Jason Richards, 38, and Ben Hope, 39, in April 2010.
The pair were paid £1,000 each to kill a different man on a nearby street.
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Richard Sherratt murder: Birmingham prostitute guilty

A drug-using prostitute has been found guilty of murdering a former client.
The body of Richard Sherratt, 57, was found at his flat in Old School Mews, Bridgnorth, Shropshire on 14 June.
Emma Bate, 26, from Aston, was convicted at Stafford Crown Court. She had admitted robbery and dishonestly making false representation but denied murder.
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Millie Martin: Toddler killer to serve 25 years

The man who murdered Enniskillen toddler Millie Martin has been told he must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison.
Barry McCarney, 33, from Trillick, County Tyrone, was also given an indeterminate sentence for sexually and physically abusing the baby.
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James Allen jailed for life for two murders

A man is jailed for life for murdering a Teesside man and a North Yorkshire woman while on the run.
In April, the body of Colin Dunford, 81, was found at his Middlesbrough home. Julie Davison, 50, was discovered dead in her Whitby flat two days later.
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Julian Gardner death: Four convicted of farm manslaughter

Four men have been found guilty of crushing a businessman to death after he interrupted them burgling his East Sussex farm.
Julian Gardner was killed at Bush Barn Farm, near Robertsbridge, in October 2010, after being awoken by intruders.
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Cory Youlden jailed for Rednal burglary murder

A man has been sentenced to at least 22 years in prison after admitting the murder of an 83-year-old man during a burglary at his Worcestershire home.
Cory Youlden, from Birmingham, strangled Paul Cox last June before taking some vegetables, his car and loose change.
Mr Cox had been sleeping downstairs in his lounge after several previous unrelated burglaries at his home in Waseley Road in Rednal.
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Robin Ligus: Shropshire murderer's mother remembers son

“It’s a good photograph of him, it hasn’t been taken off the wall in 16 years,” says Phyllis Ligus.
The picture of her son Robin was taken when he was about two years old.
Now aged 59, he is currently serving a life term for the murder of Robert Young during a burglary at the 75-year-old’s home in Shrewsbury in 1994.
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Husband guilty of Melsonby postmistress murder

A shopkeeper who beat his postmistress wife to death at their North Yorkshire village store then claimed intruders had done it has been jailed for life.
Robin Garbutt, 45, bludgeoned 40-year-old Diana three times over the head as she slept in the living quarters above Melsonby Village Shop and Post Office
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Mohammed Arshad's colleagues say they are 'still nervous' after his murder

Private hire drivers say they are still on edge following the murder two years ago of colleague Mohammed Arshad.
Mr Arshad, a married father-of-three, from Selly Park in Birmingham, was asked to a collect a man from outside a school in Kings Norton on 22 July, 2009.
But he was stabbed and left to die in a Worcestershire country lane by passenger Andrew Bayliss, a debt-ridden warehouse worker.
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Wisbech factory worker murdered neighbour

A jury has found a factory worker guilty of murdering his neighbour by stamping on her at her home in a Cambridgeshire town.
Jolanta Dumciuviene was killed in her room at a shared house in Wisbech in May 2009 and not found for three days.
Tomas Acas, 26, who worked with Mrs Dumciuviene and lived next door to her in Milner Road, was found guilty of her murder at Cambridge Crown Court.
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Speeding teenager detained for boy's death in York

A speeding teenager who hit a 10-year-old boy and left him dying in the road as he fled the scene has been detained.
John Smith, 18, wept as he was sentenced at York Crown Court for causing the death of Sean Hamilton by careless driving last October.
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Kent driver jailed after girl's death in Powys

A motorist has been jailed for two years for causing the death by careless driving of a teenager at a beauty spot.
Brian Johnson, 45, from Belvedere, Kent, admitted the charge following a crash involving a 4×4 vehicle near Llyn Brianne, Powys, on 5 September 2008.
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Four convicted of murder over fatal arson in Blackburn

Four men have been convicted of murder after a couple who they targeted by mistake in a so-called honour killing died in an arson attack in Blackburn.
Abdullah and Aysha Mohammed were killed when petrol was poured through their letter box and set alight.
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Killer gets 30 years for leaving man in blazing house

A killer who tied up a man and left him to die in a burning house has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.
Mark Clarkson, 48, was found dead in his home in Copperbeech Close, Quinton, Birmingham. being awoken by intruders.
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'Dangerous' double killer given whole-life jail term

A double-murderer has been jailed for the rest of his life by a judge who told him he was “a very dangerous man”.
Royston Jackson, 43, of Pettus Road, Norwich, was convicted of murdering sex offender Gordon Boon, 73. Birmingham. being awoken by intruders.
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Mother's sentence call for Chanelle Sasha Jones killer

The mother of a teenager who was murdered by her father said no innocent person should be put through such “extreme fear”.
Gary Fisher, 48, from Solihull, West Midlands, has been found guilty of murdering Chanelle Sasha Jones, 17.
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'Reformed' Essex crime writer jailed for robberies

A writer who claimed to be a reformed criminal has been jailed for a minimum of 12 years after being convicted of robbing security guards.
Terry Smith, 51, of Canvey Island, Essex, was found guilty of conspiring to rob and conspiring to possess firearms with intent to rob.
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Two found guilty of man's murder

Two Lithuanian men have been found guilty of murdering a 25-year-old Polish father-of-two in Cambridgeshire.
Piotr Bielicki was attacked in the Embankment in Peterborough in September 2008 and died the next day.
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Hammer attack father-to-be jailed

An ex-nightclub bouncer has been jailed for 25 years for trying to murder his heavily pregnant partner and attempting to destroy their unborn baby.
Simon Morris, 37, had been having an affair and would have inherited money from Nerys Price’s will, Mold Crown Court was told.
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Three guilty of post office raid murder

Three men have been found guilty of murdering a sub-postmaster’s son during an armed raid in Worcestershire.
Craig Hodson-Walker, 29, was killed at Fairfield Post Office
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Three convicted of petrol murder

Three people who tied up a student, doused him in petrol and set him on fire have been convicted of his murder.
Simon Everitt’s body was found near his home town of Great Yarmouth three weeks after he vanished in June 2008.
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Man guilty of shooting commuter

A man has been found guilty of shooting a commuter who intervened when a security guard was held up in Essex.
Brian Wall, 62, of Dagenham, Essex, was convicted of causing 26-year-old Adam Mapleson grievous bodily harm with intent at Chelmsford Crown Court.
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Life for murder of Chinese couple

An illegal immigrant who murdered a Chinese couple in Newcastle has been jailed for life.
The mutilated bodies of Zhen Xing Yang and his girlfriend Xi Zhou, both 25, were found in their flat in Croydon Road on 9 August 2008
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Man in court over takeaway death

A 19-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a man who died after he was found injured outside a takeaway in Lancashire on New Year’s Day.
Gerard Cavanagh, 31, was found by a passing police patrol outside La Luna in Lord Street, Fleetwood.
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Farmer guilty of killing his wife

A farmer from Cumbria has been found guilty of murdering his wife.
A jury at Carlisle Crown Court found Robert Wilson, 40, guilty of killing his wife Jane, 53, at their farm in Kirkandrews-on-Eden, near Carlisle.
He claimed his wife died in an accident in December 2007 but the prosecution said he staged it to make it look like she had fallen beneath his tractor.
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Man drove car over fiancee's head

A businessman has been jailed for life for murdering his fiancee by driving his Land Rover over her head as she lay injured on the ground.
Christopher Caunter, 36, of Hullbridge, Essex, must serve a minimum of 21 years for killing Deborah Townsend, 35, near Lowestoft, Suffolk, in July 2005.”It’s a good photograph of him, it hasn’t been taken off the wall in 16 years,” says Phyllis Ligus.
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Man convicted of stabbing murder

A man has been convicted of the murder of David Cornall, who was stabbed in the back as he walked home through a Lancashire park.
Mr Cornall, 30, died in hospital after he was attacked as he returned from the centre of Preston to his Ribbleton home on 12 February.
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Canoe fraud couple sent to jail

Back-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin and his wife Anne have each been jailed for more than six years for fraudulently claiming £250,000.
John Darwin, 57, was jailed for six years and three months after earlier admitting deception by faking his own death in a canoe accident.
Anne Darwin, 56, was given six and a half years for the fraud.
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Mother's 'torture' over killing

The mother of a young woman battered to death by a teenager while walking her dog has spoken of her despair.
Adrian Jones, 17, will be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Friday for murdering Kelly Hyde, 24
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Stab death of porn charge ex-Pc

The family of a former police constable, fatally stabbed while awaiting trial on child porn charges, have described their “anguish”.
Geoffrey Harries died after the attack in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire
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Double murderer jailed for life

A man who murdered a traveller and then killed another man while out on police bail has been jailed for life.
Tony Holland, 23, murdered Danny Hathaway, 44, of Corby, Northamptonshire, in February 2007. Mr Hathaway’s body has not been found.
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Men jailed for murdering brother

Two men who murdered their half-brother and dismembered his body, before trying to cover their tracks using tips from US show CSI, have been jailed for life.
Parts of 35-year-old Andrew Scanlan, of Peterborough, Cambs, were found in 2006 in two shallow graves in Hampshire.
Mark Baigent, 27, also of Peterborough, and James Baigent, 30, of Camberley, Surrey, were found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court.
Jeff Woods, 36, of Bracknell, Berks, was also jailed for life for murder.
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Teenager killed sisters in blaze

A teenager has been found guilty of killing his two sisters in an arson attack in South Tyneside.
Shane Spence had denied starting a fire at the family home in South Shields last April, which killed Tatum Leah, 14, and Demi-Jade, 12.
The 18-year-old was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter and one count of arson at Newcastle Crown Court.
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Men guilty of body in boot murder

Two men have been convicted of raping and killing a woman whose body was found in the boot of a car parked outside Ipswich police station.
Robert McCarry, 36, and Paul Waters, 29, both of Ipswich, were found guilty of the rape and murder of Nicola West, 34, from Little Blakenham, Suffolk
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Brother jailed for samurai murder

A 21-year-old man who stabbed his younger brother to death with a samurai sword has been jailed for life.
Lincoln Crown Court heard Julian Mayfield-Sparks stabbed his brother Corin Mayfield-Sparks, 18, after a row over noise on 1 June 2007.
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Family feud three denying murder

A 35-year-old man who told police his half brother had been involved in a robbery attempt was killed in a family feud, a court has heard.
Andrew Scanlan was killed by his half brothers Mark Baigent, 27, from Peterborough and James Baigent, 30, of Camberley, Surrey, the court heard.
Alongside Jeff Woods, 36, of Bracknell, Berkshire, they deny murdering him near Aldershot and dismembering his body.
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Nightclub death appeals renewed

Murder detectives probing the shooting of a man in a Suffolk club are making a renewed appeal for information as the anniversary of his death approaches.
Jimoh Plunkett, 24, from south London, was shot inside Zest, in Ipswich, on 9 December 2006.
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Life for drug addict's murderers

Two men have been given life sentences for murdering a Teesside heroin addict in a dispute over drugs.
Joseph Tingle, 23, and 28-year-old Mark Pearson have been ordered to spend a minimum of 18 years in jail for the murder of Richard Petty, aged 35.
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Life for drug addict's murderers

A man who died in a diving accident near Tewkesbury last weekend has been named by police.
David Moore, from Hampshire, was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital on Friday after he became trapped underwater.
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Life for drug addict's murderers

A Scot who stabbed a soldier to death outside a nightclub in west Wales has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years.
Mark Campbell, 35, from Glasgow, had admitted the murder of L/Cpl Kinnon Arrigo Ragni, 29, from Edinburgh.
Swansea Crown Court heard how Campbell, high on valium and alcohol, asked soldiers in Minnie’s nightclub, Haverfordwest, for drugs.
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Two charged in flat death inquiry

William Ripsher, 56, was found dead at Relton Avenue in Walker on Thursday. A post-mortem examination revealed he died of head and neck injuries.
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Life sentence for woman's killer

A family have paid tribute to the “easy-going, happy-go-lucky soul” who became the victim of what was called a “frenzied murder” in south Wales.
Wayne Royston, 35, is starting a life sentence of 20 years for killing Dean Shorney, 21, in a park in Bargoed, Rhymney Valley, in April.
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Life sentence for woman's killer

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of his girlfriend.
The badly-burned body of Dawn Walker, 37, from Fornham St Martin, Suffolk, was found next to the River Lark, near Bury St Edmunds, on 4 February 2005.
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Abduction case was huge challenge

Police have spoken of the difficulties they faced in bringing charges against a man who abducted a six-year-old girl from her bathtub and raped her.
Peter Voisey, 35, from Blyth, snatched the girl from her flat in Willington Quay, North Tyneside on 27 December.
Faced with few clues and an outraged public, there was immense pressure on Northumbria Police.
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Police name diving tragedy victim

A man who died in a diving accident near Tewkesbury last weekend has been named by police.
David Moore, from Hampshire, was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital on Friday after he became trapped underwater.
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