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Head's Tales: A week in the life of a primary headteacher - part two

In the second part of our special series, "Head's Tales", we find out how Mansfield Primary School Headteacher Sarah Moore tries to get the best out of her pupils.

ITV News Central cameras have been given unprecedented access to film Sarah at work in Oak Tree Primary in Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.

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Judge calls parent-murderer 'liar and a fantasist'

The judge who sentenced a couple convicted of murdering the wife's parents before burying the bodies in their garden and stealing £245,000 of their money to at least 25 years in jail has condemned their crimes as "shocking".

Police in the garden of a house near Mansfield, where the remains of William and Patricia Wycherley were discovered. Credit: PA

Mrs Justice Thirlwall told Susan Edwards, who sat staring intently from the dock wearing a patterned grey cardigan and glasses, that she was "an accomplished liar and a fantasist".

Mrs Justice Thirlwall added that she was satisfied it was Christopher Edwards "who held the gun" and who shot the pensioners in the back bedroom of their semi-detached home, and not as the couple claimed, Susan Edwards.

"I sentence you on the basis that each of you intended that both Mr and Mrs Wycherley should be shot dead."

She added their sentences had to reflect the serious nature of the double killing, telling them they had planned to shoot their two victims - one of whom was in his 80s - for financial gain.

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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.

Mansfield couple due to be sentenced for murdering parents

Christopher and Susan Edwards Credit: Police Handout

Susan and Christopher Edwards are due to be sentenced today for murdering Susan's parents.

On Friday, the pair were found guilty of murdering Patricia and William Wycherley.

They were told by judge Justice Thirlwall to expect life sentences.

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

REPORT: Mansfield couple found guilty of murdering parents

A woman and her husband are facing a life sentence after being convicted of 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 found guilty of their murder.

Phil Brewster reports.

Mansfield couple 'took £300,000 from Wycherley's'

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin from East Midlands Major Crime Unit says Susan and Christopher Edwards had taken around £300,000 from her parents.

The couple were today convicted of murdering William and Patricia Wycherley.

They are due to be sentenced on Monday.

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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. 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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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.

Police: Mansfield murder couple 'cold and calculating'

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."

– Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin led the inquiry
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