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