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Steven Grieveson

 


Name:

Steven Grieveson

AKA:

Sunderland Strangler

D.O.B.

1974
Kill Total: 3+ ?

Kill date:

26th November 1993

4th February 1994

25th February 1994

Kill Place:

Sunderland

Status:

Single

Occupation:

Unemployed

Victim:

Thomas Kelly  -  18

David Hanson - 15

David Grieff    - 15

 


 

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FACTFILE

 

Two of the bodies were found suffocated and partially-burned in allotment sheds near their homes in Sunderland. The third, David Grieff -  was discovered in a disused guest house less than two miles away. Cans of lighter fuel and glue were found beside the bodies.

 

Thomas Kelly had been strangled with his own scarf in an allotment hut; David Hanson with a scrap of material from an unoccupied basement; and David Grieff with his own belt in an allotment shed close to the scene of the Kelly murder.

At the scene of the David Hanson murder, Mr Grieveson's fingerprint was found on a basement window, and on boarding torn down to force entry, police also found a footprint which matched the sole of Mr Grieveson's training shoe. A DNA profile taken from semen found in David Grieff's mouth and stomach matched Mr Grieveson's DNA.

 

11th March 1994, Grieveson was arrested for the three murders, he had been questioned after each murder, but no charges were made.

 

January 1996, Grieveson stands trial, and is found guilty of the three murders. He is given three life sentences, and ordered to serve a minimum of 35 years.

 

November 2000, Detectives arrested Grieveson at Full Sutton Prison, near York, where he is serving life. He was questioned for several hours at Sunderland's Gill Bridge Police Station, about the murder of Simon Martin. Simon, aged 14, was found battered to death in Gillside House, Roker, Sunderland, in May 1990.

Grieveson denied being involved in the murder of Simon Martin.

 

June 2004, Grieveson has admitted his guilt to the three murders, but still claims he is innocent of the murder of Simon Martin.

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