Two found guilty of 'freezer' murder

A man and a woman have been found guilty of murdering retired civil servant Peter McMahon. His body was found hidden in a freezer in Newcastle last December.

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Freezer murder trial sentencing

A woman found guilty of murdering her partner with the help of a friend and then hiding his body in a freezer has been told she will spend more than two decades behind bars.

A judge told Sharon Swinhoe she was a controlling femme fatal who attracted vulnerable men like magnets.

She enlisted the help of Joseph Collins to help murder her partner Peter McMahon and steal thousands from his bank account.

Swinhoe was jailed for a minimum of 25 years. Collins will serve at least 20. Kenny Toal reports.

Freezer murder sentencing

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A man and a woman who murdered a retired civil servant and hid his body in a freezer have been sentenced.

Peter McMahon, 68, was found dead in a flat in Elswick, Newcastle, in December 2012.

44-year-old Sharon Swinhoe was sentenced to 25 years, and 54-year-old Joseph Collins, 20 years, for his murder.

Ronald Douglas, 77, was found not guilty of murder but had already pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

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Sharon Swinhoe, Joseph Collins and their co-accused Ronald Douglas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by concealing a body, they will be sentenced today, 26th July.

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Family's tribute to murdered Tyneside man

The family of Peter McMahon say he was a gentleman who would do anything for anyone. Mr McMahon was murdered by his partner Sharon Swinhoe and her friend Joseph Collins. They killed him, left his body in a kennel and put it in a freezer. Both were found guilty of murder at Newcastle Crown Court.

During their trial Swinhoe claimed that Mr McMahon had been violent towards her and had sexually assaulted her. But, police say these claims were false and that during the trial Swinhoe had done her best to blacken his name.

Full report: Man murdered and hidden in freezer

Two people have been found guilty of murdering a retired civil servant in Newcastle.

The body of Peter McMahon, 68, was found hidden in a freezer at a flat in the Elswick area of of the city in December 2012. Sharon Swinhoe, 44, and Joseph Collins, 54, were found guilty of his murder at Newcastle Crown Court today.

Ronald Douglas, 77, was found not guilty of murder but had already pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

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Police: Freezer murder "disturbing"

Northumbria Police have branded the actions of two people who murdered a man and left his body in a freezer as "disturbing".

Sharon Swinhoe, 44, and Joseph Collins, 54, were found guilty of murdering Peter McMahon, 68, at Newcastle Crown Court. Ronald Douglas, 77, was found not guilty of murder but previously pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Young, of Northumbria Police, said: "It was a strange case in many ways and quite disturbing what happened to Mr McMahon's body after he died."

Two found guilty of 'body in freezer' murder

A man and a woman have been found guilty of murdering a retired civil servant in Newcastle, whose body was found in a freezer.

Peter McMahon, 68, was found dead in a flat in the Elswick area of the city in December 2012. At Newcastle Crown Court today his girlfriend Sharon Swinhoe, 44, has been found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice.

Joseph Collins, 54, has also been found guilty of murder. Ronald Douglas, 77, has been found not guilty of murder but previously pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Pensioner thought he was running errand not moving a body

Douglas told court he went to flat to run an errand Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A pensioner has told a court how he went to run an errand for his former lover but ended up moving a body.

Ronald Douglas says he was asked by Sharon Swinhoe to help take a suitcase from her flat to the house of co-accused Joseph Collins.

Douglas said it was only on the way that Swinhoe told him the suitcase contained the body of Peter McMahon.

Police eventually discovered Mr McMahon's remains hidden in a freezer. Douglas admits conspiracy to pervert the course of justice but denies murder. The trial continues.

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