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Andrew Jackson tells of internet dating warning to mother Pamela
A YOUTH worker has told how he warned his mother about the dangers of internet dating before she was killed by a man she met online.
Andrew Jackson said he did not trust Adrian Muir when he started coming to the home of Pamela Jackson in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.
The 55-year-old grandmother was battered to death by the dry stone waller, from Halifax, and buried in a shallow grave on moorland in West Yorkshire.
On Monday, Mr Jackson, 36, from Consett, saw his mother’s 51-year-old killer sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for her manslaughter.
He said: “We had many a fall out about the online dating and her meeting men.
“She had been doing it for about three or four years. I worried about her but I never imagined anything like this would happen.”
Muir and Ms Jackson met about a year before the attack and he left his partner of 32 years to be with her.
KILLED: Pamela Jackson
During the trial for murder, which he was acquitted of, the jury was told they had a volatile relationship and would frequently argue.
But when she failed to return or make contact after one of her regular weekends away, in March, her family became worried.
Police were called in when Muir returned from Halifax without her and he was arrested on suspicion of her murder.
But it would be almost three months before her body was discovered 120 miles away following the analysis of data from Adrian Muir’s mobile phone.
Mr Jackson said: “I didn’t trust Adrian from day one. He was always edgy. But I had to stand by what my mum thought. But I never thought he would go to the lengths he did.”
GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER: Adrian Muir
The loss of Ms Jackson, who had three sons and four grandchildren, has been devastating for the close knit family, who have supported each other during the five week at trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
They felt let down by the criminal justice system when Muir was not convicted of murder and so escaped a mandatory life sentence.
Mr Jackson said: “It’s just been horrendous. We just don’t believe justice has been done.”
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