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Serial killer wrote letters to his victims' parents, court hears
6:57pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A SERIAL killer who denies murdering a 14-year-old schoolboy showed no signs of mental health problems on the many occasions he was arrested by police, a jury heard.
Steven Grieveson, 42, admits killing Simon Martin in a derelict house in Sunderland after molesting him in 1990.
The jury at Newcastle Crown Court has heard Grieveson - convicted in 1996 of murdering Thomas Kelly, 18, and 15-year-olds David Hanson and David Grieff - claims an abnormality of mind meant he could not exercise self-control.
William Lowe QC, prosecuting, told the court that at the time of Simon's murder, Grieveson had 12 criminal convictions, and a further 13 by the time he was found guilty of murdering the three older teens.
Custody records from the early to mid-90s have been retrieved and no mention of mental health issues was recorded, the jury heard.
Last year the fairground worker, formerly of Roker Terrace, Sunderland, told police he took Simon to derelict Gilside House, had sex with him on a mattress, and afterwards attacked him.
Three letters the serial killer wrote to his later victims families last year were read to the jury, in which he begged for forgiveness and offered to kill himself.
Part of the letter to the parents of David Hanson said: "I took a piece of your heart away from you that night. Im sorry. Why, I don't know. Forgive me. So sorry for destroying your family."
An excerpt of the letter to the parents of Thomas Kelly said: "I would gladly give you a gun to shoot me. Would that make a difference?"
His letter to the parents of David Grieff, included the comment: "I will kill myself for yous if that will help you to forgive me. Im not lying."
The case was adjourned until Thursday.