A 20-year-old woman has been sentenced to life behind bars for the murder of her new boyfriend who was tied up and tortured at his home.
Mark Shaw, whose family described him as a 'peacemaker', was bound, beaten, bitten, gagged, attacked with weapons and stabbed to death in a vicious attack in Grange Villa, County Durham, in December last year.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Zoe Warren, who had been Mr Shaw's girlfriend for 'just a few days', confessed to her part in the killing to a new man she was in a relationship with a few weeks later and had boasted about getting away with murder.
Mr Shaw's neighbour Keiran Adey, 19, of Queen Street, Grange Villa, has also been sentenced to life for his part in the murder.
Both will serve a minimum of 17 years.
The 29-year-old dad, who died without knowing he was to become a father for the second time, suffered more than 80 separate injuries.
Warren, of Chipchase, Washington, Wearside, and Adey both denied murder during a trial.
Warren had admitted being at the scene when Mr Shaw, who she described as her 'best friend', was murdered by Adey but claimed she played no part in the violence.
Adey told jurors he had beaten Mr Shaw but claimed it was Warren who 'lost it' and murdered her new man.
Jurors found them both guilty of murder.
Warren was also convicted of intimidation over a threatening letter she sent to her next boyfriend after he became a prosecution witness.
Prosecutor Nick Dry told the court Warren had been living at Mr Shaw's house at the time of his death and had previously known him through a common association with the Washington area.
Adey was a neighbour, with whom there had been some previous trouble.
The court heard items used during the course of the killing, including a knife were taken to a wooded area near Mr Shaw's home and buried or burned.
Mr Dry said the killers carried out an initial attack on Mr Shaw before leaving the house and returning to inflict "further, more serious violence" in the early hours of December 17.
Grieving members of Mr Shaw's family, including his mum, dad and sisters, packed the public gallery when jurors delivered the guilty verdicts.
- Click above to watch as the family of Mark Shaw reacts to the verdict
His mum Valerie Watson fought back tears as she spoke about her much loved boy, who she described as 'funny, so kind, generous and loyal.'
She added: 'He had never had a fight in his life, he was a peacemaker.
'He would always make people laugh, especially the kids in the family, they called him a clown and he called himself Merlin Mark because he did magic tricks.
'He would make friends laugh, make the kids laugh. He was invited to all the parties, he was the life and soul of the parties.
'All his life, I can honestly say, I have never heard him say a bad word about anyone.
'He took the blame so many times in his life for what other people did. That was just him.
'If he had lived he would have forgiven them and would have made sure there was nothing done to them. That was Mark.
'He didn't want to see anyone hurt.'
Speaking after the case Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, from Durham Constabulary, said: “I am pleased that the investigation into the death of Mark Shaw has culminated in the successful convictions of Kieran Adey and Zoe Warren.
'This was a vicious and prolonged attack and there is no doubt that Mark suffered at the hands of his killers. I hope that these convictions will offer his family some comfort that justice has been served.'
Mr Justice Goss told Warren ' You claims to love Mr Shaw. If you did, you betrayed that love.
He said Adey became 'increasingly uncontrolled' in the lead up to the killing due to the use of drugs. He said that Adey took control in the killing.
'After you killed him, he was left bound on his bed'.
Adey then carried on drinking, the judge said.