SHE MOANS ABOUT HER SPORT­ING PROW­ESS IN 4 PAGE NOTE No re­grets, no re­morse in killer’s jail cell let­ter

Sunday Sun - - News - By So­phie Doughty so­[email protected]­

KAREN TUN­MORE Crime re­porter JAILED killer Karen Tun­more has penned a let­ter from her prison cell - in which she makes no men­tion of tragic vic­tim Scott Pritchard.

The for­mer foot­ball coach was jailed for life in Oc­to­ber af­ter she sen­sa­tion­ally con­fessed to hav­ing bat­tered Sun­der­land teenager Scott to death, al­most 15 years ago.

The 36-year-old told de­tec­tives she could not live with what she had done any longer.

But in a four-page let­ter to our sis­ter pa­per The Chron­i­cle penned in her cell at HMP Low New­ton in County Durham, Tun­more makes no men­tion of her tragic vic­tim or her bru­tal crime.

In­stead, she de­fends her sport­ing prow­ess giv­ing de­tails of her suc­cesses on the foot­ball pitch and in the box­ing ring.

Tun­more, from Killing­worth, said she de­cided to write af­ter a friend sent her a copy of the Sun­day Sun fea­tur­ing an in­ter­view with an­other pal who told of his dis­be­lief at find­ing out she was a vi­o­lent killer.

The man, who we agreed not to name, said he wanted to visit Tun­more in prison to find out what re­ally hap­pened.

How­ever, it is de­tails the 43-year-old - who was a mem­ber of the same karate club as Tun­more - gave about her sport­ing past that seem to have got to the mur­derer.

And in her let­ter she con­tra­dicts his claims she never won a fight.

Tun­more wrote: “Now to put the record straight...I trav­elled only twice with him to com­pete my­self.

“Once to Hol­land as he stated, and the sec­ond time was to Chel­tenham. And funny, but I’m sure the tro­phy I re­ceived had first place writ­ten on it!!”

Tun­more goes on to tell how she be­came a black belt in karate be­fore cut­ting down on mar­tial arts to fo­cus on foot­ball hav­ing signed for Bedling­ton Ter­ri­ers Ladies FC.

She said: “I scored seven goals in my first two games. The only other or­gan­ised fights in the ring I ever took part in again were box­ing ones.”

Scott, 19, was found fa­tally in­jured out­side his home in Jan­uary 2004, and later died in hos­pi­tal.

De­spite a huge po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­peated pleas for in­for­ma­tion from his fam­ily, no-one was ever con­victed of Scott’s mur­der.

Around 18 months af­ter Scott’s death his dad, Robert ‘Fred’ Stacey, was charged with mur­der. But the case against the roofer was dropped at court, when the pros­e­cu­tion of­fered no ev­i­dence against him.

The true iden­tity of the killer re­mained a mys­tery un­til July when Tun­more walked into Mid­dle En­gine Lane Po­lice Sta­tion, in Wallsend, and told of­fi­cers she was re­spon­si­ble.

She pleaded guilty at her first ap­pear­ance at New­cas­tle Crown Court and was jailed for life on Oc­to­ber 1. Days later Robert died.

The court heard how Tun­more told po­lice that she had trav­elled to Sun­der­land with a friend called Steve, a mem­ber of Wear­side gang the Hen­don Mad Dogs, on the night Scott was killed.

And af­ter she blud­geoned Scott to death with a base­ball bat, the pals dis­posed of the mur­der weapon and her car to­gether, she claimed.

How­ever, de­spite mak­ing full con­fes­sions to the mur­der, Tun­more has re­fused to re­veal Steve’s full name.

Det Chief Insp John Bent, of Northum­bria Po­lice, led the new in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Scott’s mur­der.

And he be­lieves the killer con­fessed be­cause she could not live with what she had done.

He said: “There was no real trig­ger. She just said she couldn’t live with it any longer. She said it had been re-play­ing in her mind and she couldn’t deal with it any­more.

“The de­tails she has given on how she has as­saulted him are quite chilling, and could have only been known to some­one who was there.”

How­ever, Tun­more’s friend said he did not be­lieve she had told the full story.

He said: “I still can’t be­lieve that she’s done this. I had 136 fights and won 134, Karen had roughly the same and never won a sin­gle one. There was never any ag­gres­sion in the ring.

“I have seen her cry be­cause her dad found tabs in her pocket.

“Karen is hid­ing a lot more than what she has said and I know she is cov­er­ing for some­one.”

Karen Tun­more Scott Pritchard

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