Serial killer guilty of murder

Serial killer Steven Grieveson has been convicted of the murder of schoolboy Simon Martin and faces his fourth life sentence.

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Victims will not be forgotten

Simon Martin was the first of four victims killed by a serial killer the likes of which the North East had never seen before and hopefully will never see again.

Decades may have passed since it happened, but people in Sunderland say they will never forget as Kenny Toal reports.

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Grieveson victims: families statement

The bodies of Thomas Kelly and David Grieff were found in Monkwearmouth and David Hanson's body was found in a derelict house in Roker

Steven Grieveson, who has been found guilty of murdering schoolboy Simon Martin, had already been convicted of killing Thomas Kelly and David Grieff and David Hanson.

Their parents have released a statement:

“Our sons were taken away from us by a cruel man whose despicable actions cost four boys their lives.

“These were innocent boys whose actions led in no way to their devastating and tragic deaths.

“Listening to this trial has brought back so many painful memories for us, and we would like to express our deepest sympathies to Simon’s parents, Robert and Jean Martin, for the pain they have suffered over the last 23 years.

“We hope that the outcome of this trial will help them to feel that justice has been done for Simon.

“Our sons would be grown men now. We will never forget them and they will live on in our hearts forever.”

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Statement on behalf of Simon’s parents

Simon Martin Credit: Northumbria Police

The parents of murdered schoolboy Simon Martin have released a statement about the conviction of their son's killer, Steven Grieveson.

"Today is the end of a long journey for us, which will finally give us closure.

"I would like to thank Northumbria Police and all those who have worked on this case to get today’s decision.

"It has been a traumatic and life changing experience for all the families involved.

"Now Grieveson could spend the rest of his days behind bars.

"No other family should have to lose a son and suffer the heartache we have had to endure."

Grieveson guilty of murder

Serial killer Steven Grieveson has been convicted of the murder of schoolboy Simon Martin and faces his fourth life sentence.

The 42-year-old is already serving three life sentences for the murders of tragic teenagers David Hanson, 15, Thomas Kelly, 18, and David Grieff, 15.