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Two men jailed for life without parole for murder of Vietnamese mother

Two men have been handed full life sentences without the opportunity of parole for the murder of a Vietnamese mother on Wearside.

Stephen Unwin, 40, and William McFall, 51, murdered 28-year-old Vietnamese nail technician Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, after a four-hour ordeal. They dumped her body in her car in Houghton-le-Spring before torching it, last August.

Credit: Northumbria Police

Quyen, who lived in Killingworth with her son and sister, had been lured to Unwin's home in Shiney Row near Sunderland.

Inside, Quyen was tortured and forced to hand over bank details. Unwin then went on to rape her. She was just 5ft and weighed seven stone.

Credit: Northumbria Police

Quyen Nguyen was a healthy, young and lively woman, a mother of two young children and much loved by her family both here and in Vietnam.

It is not possible for any of us to imagine the horrific ordeal to which she was subjected to over a number of hours on that night, but terrifying it most certainly was.

– Mr Justice Morris
CCTV footage shows the last moments before Quyen entered Unwin's home Credit: Northumbria Police/ITV News

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Unwin and McFall met in prison whilst each serving a life sentence each for a previous offence of murder.

Both had been released on what is known as life licence for their previous murders - meaning they could, in theory, have been recalled back to prison at any time.

The killers posed for a selfie hours after abandoning Quyen Credit: ITV News

The murder of Quyen Ngoc Nguyen has raised questions over why the men were allowed to form what became a dangerous friendship, that led them to kill again.

  • Watch Amy Lea's previous report on the case below

The family of 28 year old, Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, originally from Vietnam, said they were bewildered that her murderers had been released before.

  • Watch Gregg Easteal's previous report on the case below