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