Janet Brown killer sentenced to life in prison

Donald Graham was found guilty of the murder of property developer Janet Brown, from Hexham, who has been missing for nearly 10 years. Her body has never been found. Graham, 60, will serve a minimum of 32 years in prison.

Donald Graham sentenced to 32 years in prison for murdering Janet Brown

Donald Graham was convicted of murdering Janet Brown yesterday by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court. Credit: Northumbria Police
The court heard Janet Brown had simply "disappeared off the face of the earth". Credit: Northumbria Police
It is thought that Donald Graham bought this Ferrari using Janet Brown's money. Credit: Northumbria Police

Donald Graham has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering Janet Brown and he will serve a minimum of 32 years.

This comes after a jury found Donald Graham, from Sparty Lea near Hexham, guilty both of murdering his lover Janet Brown and perverting the course of justice.

The court previously heard that Graham convinced Ms Brown to transfer £300,000 into his account, in the days before she went missing.

The prosecution said Graham went on to befriend Ms Brown's parents, and drain their accounts as well.

He used the money to buy a series of luxury cars and a house for his new lover.

Janet Brown's body was never found, and the court heard she simply “disappeared off the face of the earth”. Police searched the area around Donald Graham's house, in Sparty Lea near Hexham, but failed to find a body.

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Man found guilty of Janet Brown's murder

Donald Graham. Credit: Northumbria Police
Donald Graham. Credit: Northumbria Police
Janet Brown was murdered by Donald Graham, a jury has found. Credit: Northumbria Police
Donald Graham used Janet Brown's money to buy this Ferrari. Credit: Northumbria Police
Janet Brown's car, which Donald Graham sold. Credit: Northumbria Police
Police searched the area around Donald Graham's house, in Sparty Lea near Hexham, but failed to find a body. Credit: Northumbria Police

A man was found guilty of murdering a property developer from Hexham, who has been missing for nearly 10 years.

A jury found Donald Graham guilty both of murdering his lover Janet Brown and perverting the course of justice.

The court previously heard that Graham convinced Ms Brown to transfer £300,000 into his account, in the days before she went missing.

The prosecution said Graham went on to befriend Ms Brown's parents, and drain their accounts as well.

He used the money to buy a series of luxury cars and a house for his new lover.

Janet Brown's body was never found, and the court heard she simply 'disappeared off the face of the earth'. Police searched the area around Donald Graham's house, in Sparty Lea near Hexham, but failed to find a body.

Man found guilty of murdering Janet Brown

Donald Graham. Credit: Northumbria Police
Janet Brown. Credit: Northumbria Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering a property developer from Hexham, who has been missing for nearly 10 years.

A jury found Donald Graham guilty both of murdering his lover Janet Brown and perverting the course of justice.

The court previously heard that Graham convinced Ms Brown to transfer £300,000 into his account, in the days before she went missing.

The prosecution said Graham went on to befriend Ms Brown's parents, and drain their accounts as well.

He used the money to buy a series of luxury cars and a house for his new lover.

Janet Brown's body was never found, and the court heard she simply 'disappeared off the face of the earth'.

The jury is considering their verdicts with regard to Elizabeth Todd, who is accused of helping Donald Graham commit fraud.