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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.


Man jailed for life-changing 'single punch' assault

Jailed for 16 months: Ashley Haslam

A single punch thrown during a night out in Mansfield town centre has left one young man facing medical treatment for the rest of his life and another in jail. Ashley Haslam, from Meden Vale, was out with friends when he punched a 23-year-old reveller in the early hours of March 15, 2014.

He was identified through CCTV and arrested later that day. His victim suffered severe head injuries. He was in an induced coma in hospital before undergoing brain surgery, followed by intensive rehabilitation and speech therapy. He still needs further reconstructive surgery.

Haslam, who is 22, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing grievous bodily harm. He was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today 16 months in prison. Detective Inspector Phil Sims said:

“In one moment one punch was thrown and two lives changed forever. I urge you to learn from this incident. Drink responsibly and think before you act. Is it really worth it? The victim in this case is lucky to be alive. Had he died, Haslam could have been beginning a life sentence today.”

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Woman on trial describes moment she shot her mother

A woman has described the moment she shot her mother. She says it happened after she was told she had been an unwanted child.

Susan Edwards - along with her husband Christopher - is accused of killing her parents and burying their bodies in the back garden of their house in Mansfield. They deny murder.

She told Nottingham Crown Court that she went into a bedroom at her parents' house after hearing a loud noise when she was staying there one bank holiday in 1998. She said her father was lying on the floor and her mother was standing with a gun in her hand.

Her mother - Patricia Wycherley - threw the gun on the bed and Susan Edwards picked it up, the court heard. Susan Edwards then described how her mother told her she she was an unwanted child and and that she and her husband has both wanted her to have an abortion.

Susan Edwards told the court:

"She said I was an unwanted child, she wanted an abortion, they both wanted an abortion.

She told me she knew that my father abused me. At some point she threw the gun on the bed.

I picked it up.

She kept going on an on and I asked her to stop saying these things.

I asked her, please stop saying these things, will you go away. She didn't. She kept on and on."

Her mother also told her that she had slept with her husband, Christopher.

Susan Edwards said she pulled the trigger more than once.

She said she dragged the bodies under the bed and covered them with a duvet.

Later she wrapped the gun and bullet casings in a towel, put it in two plastic bags and then put it in the emptiest bin she could find, she said.

She also went to her mother's bank and withdrew about £40,000 pounds in cash and cheques. She said she also did a money transfer by using a signed letter of authorisation she had received from her mother who had told she she wanted her to have her money.

Later that day she says she caught a coach back home to London.

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Woman on trial for murder says her father was abusive

Susan Edwards denies murdering her parents who were found buried in their back garden. She told a court today that she hated her father for abusing her and being violent towards her. William and Patricia Wycherley were found buried in the garden of their house in Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.

Prosecutors say Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher shot the couple in 1998 but pretended they were still alive and collected almost a quarter of a million pounds in pensions and from selling their house.

She was asked by her barrister what her attitude to her father was as a child and as a young woman.

"I hated him," she said.

She was asked what the reason was.

"Mainly the abuse and he was violent as well," she said.

Susan Edwards and Christopher both deny murder.

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Edwards: We never intended to hide in France forever

Christopher Edwards has been in court today Credit: ITV News Central

Christopher Edwards has told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that when he and his wife went to France last year they never intended to "hide there forever" and that they "could not sustain things anymore".

He says that they eventually returned to the UK because they had run out of money.

More to follow...


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Husband claims wife stopped them going to police

Christopher Edwards has told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that when his wife, Susan Edwards, told him she had shot dead her mother, he wanted to go to the police but agreed not to when she became stressed.

Edwards claims she became agitated and that she said:

We can't. It's matricide. It's my mother. They won't understand.

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Bullet marks 'consistent with Colt Commando revolver'

Forensic scientist Khaldoun Kabbani has told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that the lines and grooves found on the four bullets recovered from the bodies of William and Patricia Wycherley are consistent with being fired from a Colt Commando revolver.

Phil Brewster is reporting for ITV News Central. More to follow...

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Trial ongoing as Christopher and Susan Edwards deny murder

The trial of a husband and wife accused of murdering an elderly couple in Nottinghamshire has resumed today Credit: ITV News Central

The trial of a husband and wife accused of murdering an elderly couple in Nottinghamshire has resumed today.

Christopher and Susan Edwards are charged with killing her parents Patricia and William Wycherley between May 1st and May 5th 1998.

The Wycherley's remains were found buried in the back garden of their house on Blenheim Close at Forest Town in Mansfield last October.

Susan Edwards has admitted the manslaughter of her mother. She and her husband both deny murder.

The trial at Nottingham crown court continues.

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