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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.

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.

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Northumberland woman still missing

Janis Hall was reported missing on December 19th Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are continuing to appeal for help to trace a missing Northumberland woman four months after her disappearance.

Janis Hall, 65, was reported missing from her home in Catton, near Hexham, on December 19th.

Her disappearance was out of character.

Extensive searches have been carried out since her disappearance.

Mrs Hall is described as being 5ft 4ins tall of medium build, with grey short hair, and wearing glasses.

Thomas Diggle's body found at water station in Hexham

Thomas Diggle.

The body of a 92-year-old man, who had been missing for almost three weeks, has been found at a water station in Hexham.

Thomas Diggle was reported missing from his home in Corbridge on March 27.

The body was found on Monday, 14th April, in water at the Northumbria Water transfer station in Riding Mill in Hexham, and identified as Mr Diggle.

His next of kin have been told. Officers believe there was no-one else involved in his death. A report has been prepared for the coroner.

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