Man found guilty of manslaughter of Chester-le-Street gran - killer's chilling audio "confession" (From The Northern Echo)
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Man convicted of manslaughter of Chester-le-Street grandmother Pamela Jackson - but cleared of murder
A DRY stone waller has been cleared of murdering a North-east grandmother and burying her body in a shallow grave - but found guilty of her manslaughter.
Adrian Muir was found not guilty of murdering Pamela Jackson, who disappeared from her home in Chester-le-Street in March.
Her body was found on Soyland Moor, near Halifax in West Yorkshire, more than two months later. The 55-year-old had suffered a head injury which fractured her skull.
Muir, 51, denied her murder throughout his three-week trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
This afternoon the jury found him not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaugher.
The trial was told that the couple had had a brief and volatile relationship.
Muir’s fingerprint was found on a Tesco bag wrapped round a bunch of flowers found inside the grave. Other forensic evidence including soil samples and mobile phone records also proved he had been at the scene.
Muir admitted during the trial that he knew "every inch" of the moor, where he had earlier worked as a beater on grouse shoots.
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