MURDERERS MADE FRIENDS IN JAIL
TWO MEN WERE SERVING LIFE SENTENCES FOR MURDERS
Two men accused of raping and setting fire to a young mum formed their friendship while they were cellmates serving life sentences for separate murders, jurors have heard.
Stephen Unwin and William McFall held Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, who was known as Anna, as their “captive” during a horrific, four-hour ordeal at a house last August before she and her Audi A4 were dumped and set on fire on a dirt track near Sunderland, it is claimed.
The 28-year-old nail salon worker’s badly burned body was found face down on the back seat when firefighters extinguished the blaze, which was started when Miss Nguyen may have been still alive.
Un win ,40, of St. Oswald’ s Terrace, Hough ton, and McF all ,51, of Waterloo Road, Blackpool, are on trial at Newcastle Crown Court accused of her rape and murder, which they both deny.
Prosecutor Jamie Hill QC has told jurors about the “bad character” of the two men, which includes them, separately, setting fires and mur- dering people.
Jurors have been told the men met while serving their life sentencesat H MPS wale side in Kent.
They wrote to each other when they were sent to separateprisons until they ended up at the same jail in East Yorkshire, while being prepared for release.
During interviews after they were arrested over the killing of Miss Nguyen, both men denied any involvement in her murder.
McFall told them, in a preparedstatement :“I have a previous conviction for murder. I was released on life licence on December 10, 2010, having served 14 years and seven months of a sentence for murder.
“I pleaded guilty to that offence and had no trial. I met Stephen Unwin around 2002 in HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.
“He was serving a life sentence for murder. I again met him in prison in East Yorkshire, when we were both heading for release. We lost touch in about 2010 but got back in touch in 2014/15.”
McFall, who was known as John, told detectives Unwin, who ran his own property maintenance firm after his release, would hire him to do painting and decorating work.
The killer told police he loved the girlfriend he was seeing at the time and added :“Prison has obviously changed me a hello fa lot, for the better.”
The court heard McFall was convicted of murder at Belfast Crown Court in April 1997. In May 1996, he broke into the home of 86-year-old Martha Gilmore, who had mobility problems, at Green castle and repeatedly hit her with a hammer.
McFall was released on licence in 2010.
During separate interviews, Unwin admitted the victim had been at the house that night but claimed she was “fit and well” when she left a short time later.
He said: “I never hurt her and I have never raped her and neither did John.”
Jurors heard the men now blame each other for the killing.
The court heard Unwin was convicted of murder after he broke into a 73-year-old man’s home in Houghton on Christmas Day in 1998.He attacked the pensioner, then stabbed him in the chest before starting three fires.
Unwin was sentenced to life imprisonment when he pleaded guilty to murder in 1999 and released on licence in 2012.
Both men deny murder and rape.
The trial continues
A police cordon at the scene and, inset, victim Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, who was known as Anna.