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Couple made more than £280,000 from parents' murders

A woman and her husband who murdered her elderly parents and buried them in a back garden in Mansfield made £286,285 from their deaths.

Susan and Christopher Edwards
Susan and Christopher Edwards shot her parents in the back Credit: ITV Calendar

Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher are serving life sentences after being convicted in June this year of murdering William and Patricia Wycherley in May 1998.

For the next 15 years the Edwards’ misled authorities and relatives into thinking they were still alive.

Garden where elderly couple were found
Wycherley couple were killed and buried in their garden in 1998 Credit: ITV Calendar

The pair had also pleaded guilty to obstructing the Coroner by burying the Wycherleys, as well as the theft of a credit balance.

At a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, the pair were ordered to pay back as much as they could of their accumulated profits.

Following a subsequent financial investigation by Nottinghamshire Police the Edwards’ were found to have stolen £40,579.87 from the Wycherley’s two bank accounts, just days after the murder. They redirected benefit payments, as well as state pensions and private pensions, to a new account in Susan and Patricia’s names and continued to collect over the next 14 years.

Evidence was also obtained to show that credit cards and loan agreements had been taken out in the name of Patricia. They also made nearly £67,000 from the sale of the Wycherleys’ home in 2005.

On arrest Christopher had just £17.16 in his bank accounts. The joint account set up in the name of Susan and Patricia contained £8,797.62. The pair also had £2,939-worth of memorabilia, mostly relating to Frank Sinatra and Gary Cooper in their suitcases when they were arrested off a train from Lille in France.

They will be expected to pay the remaining £274,531.26 as and when they can.

Pedestrian dies after collision

A 31-year-old woman injured in a collision in Mansfield at the weekend has died.

It happened at about 4.30am on Saturday 2 August 2014, when a yellow Citroen D3 was in collision with two people in Haddon Road, near the junction with the A60.

The woman was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre with critical injuries, but later died.

A 28-year-old man was also treated for minor injuries.

A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, arrested in connection with the incident, remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Nottinghamshire Police have asked for any witnesses to contact them.

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Police release man and woman arrested over Mansfield crash

A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman arrested in connection with a crash which left a pedestrian in hospital, have been released in bail pending further enquiries.

The accident happened at 4.30pm on Saturday August 2, 2014 in Haddon Road near its junction with the A60 in Mansfield.

A yellow Citroen D3 is reported to have been involved in the crash with a man and a woman. The car did not stop at the scene.

The 28-year-old man was treated for minor injuries, but the 31-year-old woman remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Pedestrian seriously hurt in Mansfield crash

Two people have been arrested after a crash in which a pedestrian was left seriously injured.

It happened at about 4.30am today in Haddon Road, at it’s junction with the A60, in Mansfield.

A yellow Citroen D3 is reported to have been involved in a collision with a man and a woman. The car subsequently left the scene.

The 28-year-old man was treated at King’s Mill Hospital for minor injuries. The 31-year-old woman is still at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre in a serious but stable condition.

A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

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Couple jailed for life for murdering parents

Christopher Edwards and Susan Edwards jailed for life for murder Credit: ITV News Central

A woman and her husband have been jailed for life for murdering her parents and burying them in their own back garden in Mansfield.

The bodies of William and Patricia Wycherley lay undiscovered for 15 years and were unearthed by police last year.

Today, their daughter, Susan Edwards, and her husband, Christopher, were told they will each serve a minimum of 25 years before being eligible for parole.

READ: Mansfield couple found guilty of murdering parents

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Mansfield couple who killed and buried parents in garden due to be sentenced

Susan and Christopher Edwards who were found guilty of murdering her parents Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A man and woman who have been found guilty of murdering her parents in north Nottinghamshire will be sentenced today.

Susan and Christopher Edwards were found guilty of the murders of William and Patricia Wycherley on Friday. The Wycherleys' bodies were buried in the garden of their Mansfield home and found 15 years later.

Report: Couple found guilty of murdering and burying parents in garden

A married couple who shot her parents and buried them in the back garden of their home in Mansfield have today been found guilty of their murders.

Susan and Christopher Edwards had denied the charges but they now face life sentences for killing Patricia and William Wycherley and covering up the crime for 15 years.

Susan and Christopher Edwards arranged to surrender to police in London when their deceit became apparent and it was only then that detectives uncovered what they had been doing:

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Mansfield couple swindled £245K from murders

After killing "reclusive" William and Patricia Wycherley at Nottingham Crown Court, Susan and Christopher Edwards swindled £245,000 over the next 15 years by pretending they were alive.

They continued to collect their benefits and pension payments, and sold their home with the bodies buried under the back garden, in August 2005.

The debt-ridden couple stole £245,000 from their parents, through falsely claiming benefits and selling their home.
The debt-ridden couple stole £245,000 from their parents, through falsely claiming benefits and selling their home. Credit: Press Association

The couple,who had been in "severe financial difficulties" for much of their relationship, were more than £160,000 in debt when they were arrested last October.

Despite their debts, they spent thousands on film memorabilia including signed photos and autographs of Gary Cooper and Frank Sinatra.

The couple spent thousands on film memorabilia, such as signed photographs. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

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