Serial killer Steven Grieveson guilty of Simon Martin murder

Steven Grieveson Steven Grieveson admitted killing Simon Martin but denied murder

Related Stories

A serial killer who killed three teenagers has been given a further life term for the murder of a fourth.

Steven Grieveson, 42, has been convicted of murdering Simon Martin, 14, whose semi-naked body was found in a derelict house in Sunderland in 1990.

He is serving three life terms for strangling Thomas Kelly, 18, and David Hanson and David Grieff, both 15.

Sentencing him for Simon's murder, the judge at Newcastle Crown Court handed him a 35-year tariff.

During the two-week trial, Grieveson had denied the murder, saying the death was an accident.

The jury heard Grieveson, who did not give evidence, accepted that he did kill the schoolboy but blamed his actions on an abnormality of mind.

Killer 'haunted'

In 2012, the fairground worker, formerly of Roker Terrace, Sunderland, told police he took Simon to derelict Gilside House, sexually abused him and then attacked him.

He said he had confessed to the killing because it had "haunted" him for 20 years.

The court heard all four teenagers were found with ligatures around their necks and their bodies were badly burned.

Simon Martin Simon Martin was found dead in 1990

The bodies of Thomas Kelly, David Hanson and David Grieff were found between three and four years after Simon's death.

At first it was wrongly thought their deaths were due to experimentation with glue sniffing, and possibly drugs.

However, a review of the cases revealed they had been strangled.

Grieveson was convicted of their murders in 1996 and handed three life sentences, with a minimum tariff of 35 years.

He would have been eligible to be considered for parole in 2031, but the new term means this will not happen until 2048.

'Horrendous attack'

Sentencing him for Simon's murder, Mr Justice Ramsey said the schoolboy had "everything to live for".

"He came from a supportive family, of a father, a mother and a brother," he said.

"This was a horrendous attack and murder of an innocent young boy, groomed by you and lured for your sexual pleasure."

Speaking after the verdict, Dept Supt Roger Ford, of Northumbria Police, said: "Grieveson is a calculated serial killer whose actions left residents shocked and cast a shadow over the community for many years.

"We welcome this verdict and hope that Simon Martin's family and friends now feel that justice has been done."

Robert and Jean Martin, Simon's parents, said in a statement: "This is the end of a long journey for us, which will finally give us closure.

'Painful memories'

"Now Grieveson could spend the rest of his days behind bars.

Thomas Kelly, left, David Hansen, centre and David Grieff Grieveson's earlier victims: Thomas Kelly, left, David Hanson, centre and David Grieff

"No other family should have to lose a son and suffer the heartache we have had to endure."

The families of Grieveson's three other victims said in a joint statement: "Our sons were taken away from us by a cruel man whose despicable actions cost four boys their lives.

"Listening to this trial has brought back so many painful memories for us, and we would like to express our deepest sympathies to Simon's parents for the pain they have suffered over the last 23 years.

"We hope that the outcome of this trial will help them to feel that justice has been done for Simon.

"Our sons would be grown men now. We will never forget them and they will live on in our hearts forever."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Tyne & Wear

Weather

Newcastle upon Tyne

13 °C 4 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    08:58: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

     
  2.  
    08:42: Jobless benefit claimants drop Hartlepool Mail

    The number of people claiming a jobless benefit has dropped for the 33rd consecutive month. In Hartlepool there were 2,551 people who claimed Job Seekers' Allowance in November, a drop from 2,648 in the previous month.

     
  3.  
    08:32: Councils facing more cuts Fergus Hewison BBC Newcastle political reporter

    Councils in the region are set to lose hundreds of millions of pounds from their budgets - as they continue to try and balance their books.

    Durham and Northumberland - and the five councils across Tyne and Wear - will collectively reduce spending by more than £400m by 2018. Jobs will be lost and many services will be hit.

    The news comes ahead of the annual Local Government Settlement - due later today - which details how much cash councils will get to spend from Westminster.

    Labour politicians say councils in the more deprived parts of the North East are being hit particularly hard.

     
  4.  
    08:17: Cloudy and mild Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloudy and mild, with outbreaks of rain throughout the day, locally persistent over the North Pennines. More sheltered eastern areas staying mainly dry throughout, with some brightness at times. Windy with gales in places, although winds easing after dark.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). Check the local forecast near you.

     
  5.  
    08:07: Some delays on roads

    There's very slow traffic on the A1 southbound in Denton Burn, Newcastle, after the Hexham turn off because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. Congestion is back to Kenton Bar roundabout. There's queuing traffic on the A690 Neville's Cross Bank in Neville's Cross, Durham, near the Lowe's Barn Bank junction in the roadworks area.

    And on the A19 there is an accident involving three vehicles southbound at the A182 Hall Walks junction in Easington and one lane is closed

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
  6.  
    08:00: Good morning Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.