Sunderland Echo - - Front Page - By Karon Kelly­ Twit­ter: @sun­der­lan­de­cho

A mur­der sus­pect told po­lice she was at the scene when her boyfriend was “tor­tured” and killed – but de­nied play­ing any part in the vi­o­lence, jurors have heard.

Mark Shaw was tied up, beaten, bit­ten, gagged, at­tacked with weapons and stabbed to death at his home in Grange Villa, County Durham, in De­cem­ber last year.

The 29-year-old suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­juries across his body in the “sus­tained” at­tack, which pros­e­cu­tors claim was at the hands of his girl­friend Zoe War­ren, 19, and neigh­bour Keiran Adey, 19.

His body was found, still bound at the an­kles, in a bed­room at his home.

New­cas­tle Crown Court heard War­ren, who had been Mr Shaw’s girl­friend for “just a few days” but had known him pre­vi­ously due to a com­mon as­so­ci­a­tion with the Washington area, con­fessed to her part in the killing to a new man she was a in a re­la­tion­ship with a few weeks later.

It is claimed she even bragged that she had “got away with mur­der” after the at­tack, jurors heard.

War­ren of Chipchase, Washington, Wear­side, and Adey, 19, of Queen Street, Grange Villa, both deny mur­der and are be­ing tried by a jury.

Jurors have heard Adey made no com­ment to ques­tions put to him by de­tec­tives after the killing.

War­ren told po­lice she was at Mr Shaw’s house when he was at­tacked by Adey, but said she had no part in it.

She told de­tec­tives: “Keiran tor­tured him that night. “What he did was cruel.” The court heard Mr Shaw suf­fered more than 80 in­juries to his body, across his head, torso and limbs.

War­ren said she was “in shock” dur­ing the at­tack, but “100 per cent” de­nied be­ing any part of it. She told po­lice: “I loved Mark to bits, he was my best mate. I did ev­ery­thing that night to try and save him and pre­vent it hap­pen­ing, but I failed.”

War­ren, who was in­ter­viewed as a wit­ness and a sus­pect, told po­lice she felt like a “cow­ard” after the killing, but had feared her life was also in dan­ger that night.

She added: “I wasn’t in­volved with the mur­der at all, no way. I didn’t as­sault him.”

She added dur­ing ques­tion­ing: “I would not end any­one’s life”.

War­ren also de­nies a charge of in­tim­i­da­tion in re­la­tion to an an­gry let­ter she al­legedly sent to the new man, who she “turned on” after he be­came a wit­ness in the case.

War­ren de­nies mur­der and in­tim­i­da­tion. Adey de­nies mur­der.

Mark Shaw

Po­lice in Grange Villa.

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