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"Cowardly and remorseless" killer Adrian Muir jailed for 18 years
1:18pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A DRYSTONE waller who killed his former girlfriend and buried her body in a shallow grave has today been jailed for 18 years.
Adrian Muir, 51, from Halifax, was cleared of murdering Pamela Jackson, 55, from Chester-le-Street, whose battered body was found 120 miles away on the West Yorkshire moors, but convicted of her manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday.
The mother-of-three went missing in March. Her body was found near Ripponden in May.
During the trial, pathologist Dr Jennifer Bolton said her injuries, which included a fractured skull, were caused by blunt force and she probably suffered at least four blows.
Muir, of Calder Terrace, denied murder, and said he has been framed by the real killer.
Geoff Mason, acting Head of the Complex Casework Unit for Crown Prosecution Service North East, said: “We are satisfied that Adrian Muir has been held accountable for his actions earlier this year and that justice has been done.
“Since killing Pamela Jackson in March he has acted utterly without remorse. Muir fabricated Facebook entries to convince others she was alive and lied to her sons about their mother’s whereabouts. Throughout a series of lengthy interviews with the police he denied any knowledge of, or involvement in, her death.
“He continued to lie in the face of the huge volume of forensics and telecommunications evidence linking him to Soyland Moor where Pamela was found and, at trial, even made wild accusations of a conspiracy against him in his efforts to evade justice.
“Each and every one of his actions has been motivated by a cowardly sense of self-preservation, with little concern for the impact they would have on the family and friends of Pamela Jackson. His actions have greatly extended the suffering and grief of those who loved Pamela, simply to serve his own selfish ends.
“The recovery of Pamela’s body was only achieved as a result of the determination and dedication of the Durham Police who refused to give up until she was found and her body returned to her family.
"We hope that Pamela’s family are satisfied with the sentence passed on Muir today and we extend our deepest sympathies to them at what must be a very difficult time. “