Storage boss who choked the life out of certainly one of his employees then dumped him bare in a shallow grave and left him to die is jailed for 22 years for homicide
- Storage boss attacked employee after believing youthful man ‘double crossed’ him
- The 34-year-old dumped sufferer in distant woodland and left him for lifeless
- After passer-by discovered dying man, killer is jailed for no less than 22 years
Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline
Richard Spottiswood believed he had been ‘double crossed’ by his 24-year-old sufferer
A storage boss who throttled certainly one of his employees then left his to die in a shallow grave has been jailed for all times.
Richard Spottiswood intentionally ‘choked the life from’ Darren Bonner then left him to die, hidden in woodland, at a Northumberland magnificence spot.
Mr Bonner was discovered bare and fatally injured within the freshly-dug gap by a passer-by in July final yr. He had been hidden behind a dry-stone wall close to the village of Creswell.
The 24-year-old, from Sunderland, Tyne and Put on, died in hospital 16 days later, with out ever regaining consciousness.
Spottiswood believed Mr Bonner had ‘double crossed’ him to a medication rival.
The 34-year-old, of Jarrow, South Tyneside, denied homicide however was convicted by a jury after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court docket.
Darren Bonner’s physique was discovered behind a wall in Northumberland with irreversible mind injury that led to his loss of life final July
He was at the moment given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimal of 22 years earlier than he can apply for parole.
Spottiswood’s then girlfriend Lucy Burn, 30, of South Shields, had initially been collectively charged with Mr Bonner’s homicide, however was cleared over the killing.
She pleaded responsible to an offence of helping an offender in relation to her having ‘taken varied steps to inform lies in assist of the defendant’, whereas figuring out he had dedicated an offence of homicide.
She will probably be sentenced by Choose Stephen Ashurst later at the moment.