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Couple said they buried parents after Eurovision

During the trial, Susan Edwards admitted the manslaughter of her mother but claimed she had been provoked. She claimed her mother had shot her father while she was staying with them, and during an argument afterwards said she shot her mother.

Read: Woman tells jury she 'lost it' and shot her mother

Christopher Edwards, who held a firearms certificate, told the court his wife only told him what she had done after they travelled to Mansfield by coach a week later.

The couple buried Susan's parents in their back garden. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

He claimed they buried the bodies early on a Sunday morning after watching the Eurovision Song Contest on TV on May 9.

But prosecutors said the Wycherleys were gunned down for their money and buried the weekend before by both defendants.

The jury in the trial of Susan and Christopher Edwards took just six hours to convict them of murder.

Watch: Police say Mansfield couple 'have shown no remorse'

Parents' murderers show no emotion in face of life sentence

The judge Mrs Justice Kathryn Thirlwall said she would sentence the couple at the court on Monday at 2.30pm.

Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher Credit: Nott

She told the couple: "Susan Edwards. Christopher Edwards. You both know what the consequences are of a conviction for murder.

"You'll both be subject to a life sentence and what I have to consider before sentencing you is the length of the minimum term that you should each serve before being considered for parole.

"It is that exercise that will be carried out on Monday afternoon at 2.30pm."

The couple continued to show no emotion as the judge spoke to them, sitting two seats apart in the dock.

They did not acknowledge each other until they stood to leave the dock, when Edwards put his arm across his wife's shoulders.


Detective: Edwards' acted with cold calculation

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin who led the inquiry said:

“Susan and Christopher Edwards had 15 years to come up with an account of what happen that night in May 1998. In their interviews they didn’t stray from a well rehearsed script, and even used the same words and turns of phrases. I wonder whether they had started to believe their own lies.

“The Edwards’ acted with cold calculation and meticulousness, killing and burying in an unmarked grave to be forgotten the people who raised Susan. They then spent the next 15 years exploiting and profiting from it.

“We scrutinised their every word and while we found fundamental elements of the story to be true there were inconsistencies in the detail. It was that detail which painted a very different picture, one that involved premeditated murder, likely driven by a long-harboured financial grudge...

“Their surviving family has been understandably stunned and upset by what has happened. I just hope they can take comfort in the knowledge that William and Patricia will now be officially and respectfully laid to rest.”



Couple sent cards on behalf of murdered parents

The cards said the couple were travelling in Ireland, in a card in 2011. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Susan Edwards sent Christmas cards to relatives of her parents in order to convince people they were still alive.

Read: Daughter 'sent Christmas cards' from dead parents

The cards described how the couple were enjoying travelling around Ireland, when in fact they have been shot dead and buried under the garden of their home.

The Christmas card sent to William Wycherley's niece in 2011. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Susan Edwards, 56, and her husband Christopher, 56, were found guilty of murdering Patricia and William Wycherley at Nottingham Crown Court.

The bodies of the Wycherleys were unearthed from the back garden of their home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, last October.

Read: Mansfield couple told they will receive a life sentence

Family: Priority is to lay them to rest in dignity

In a statement, William’s nieces Hilary Rose and Christine Harford said:

"We didn’t know William Geoffrey, our mother’s youngest brother, at all well. We have built a picture of him in our minds based on what she’d told us and photographs we had seen...she would have been horrified by these brutal murders, and the callous treatment of the bodies afterwards.

“It would have been extremely upsetting for her to discover the deception and lies practised by her niece — our cousin — Susan and her husband Christopher against her and others for so long, for their own selfish greed and gain.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped to bring them to justice...

“We are private people and have found it difficult to have our family thrust into the public eye in such a way.

"We have felt powerless throughout this terrible ordeal but, while we cannot change what has happened, there is one thing we can do — we can officially acknowledge William and Patricia’s deaths. Our main priority now is to see that they are finally laid to rest with dignity.”

Possible life sentence for Mansfield garden murderers

A woman who murdered her parents for their money with the help of her husband then buried them in their back garden where they lay undiscovered for 15 years is facing a life sentence.

Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher
Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Susan Edwards, 56, and her husband Christopher, 57, were found guilty of murdering Patricia and William Wycherley at Nottingham Crown Court.

The bodies of the Wycherleys were unearthed from the back garden of their home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, last October.

Prosecutors at Nottingham Crown Court claimed the debt-ridden couple murdered her parents for their money between May 1 and 5 1998.

Mrs Edwards claimed she was provoked into shooting her mother while staying with her parents over a bank holiday after Mrs Wycherley shot her father.

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She claimed she returned the following weekend with her husband, where she confessed to what had happened and he helped her to bury the bodies.

The couple said they continued to claim the dead pair's benefits and pensions to cover up the shootings.

The defendants, who were arrested last October, admitted obstructing the coroner in the execution of his duty and the theft of a Halifax credit balance.

Susan Edwards also admitted her mother's manslaughter but both denied murder.

As the jury of eight women and four men delivered its unanimous verdicts, neither gave any reaction.


Mansfield couple told they will receive a life sentence

Susan and Christopher Edwards have been told they will each receive a life sentence for the murder of Susan's parents.

Read: Couple found guilty of murdering parents in Mansfield

ITV News Reporter Ben Chapman is in court.


Judge tells Susan & Christopher Edwards they each receive a life sentence. Their minimum term will be decided on Monday pm. @itvnews


In all Susan & Christopher Edwards stole nearly £250,000 from their dead victims to pay off their debts and fund their lifestyle. @itvnews


Susan & Christopher Edwards both guilty of murdering her parents and burying their bodies in the garden. @itvnews

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