Melissa Halstead and Paula Fields
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Carpenter guilty of murdering two ex-girlfriends

4 April 2011 Last updated at 15:02 BST

A carpenter has been found guilty of murdering two former girlfriends, Melissa Halstead and Paula Fields, and throwing their mutilated bodies in canals.

John Sweeney's first victim was killed over 20 years ago in the Netherlands.

The two cases had frustrated police for many years, until DNA evidence and cooperation with the Dutch authorities led to a conviction.

Mike Sergeant reports.