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'Monstrous' double killer William McFall to spend rest of life in jail

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Murder victim Quyen Ngoc Nguyen

Murder victim Quyen Ngoc Nguyen

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Killers McFall and Unwin

Killers McFall and Unwin

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Murder victim Quyen Ngoc Nguyen

A murderer from Co Antrim who was released from prison only to kill again in a "monstrous" attack on a woman has been condemned to die in prison after losing an appeal.

William McFall (52) and an accomplice murdered Vietnamese nail technician Quyen Ngoc Nguyen in a four-hour ordeal on Wearside in England in August 2017.

She was lured to the house, raped by accomplice Stephen Unwin and brutally attacked before she was dumped in a car which was then set alight.

McFall and Unwin had met in prison in Northern Ireland, where McFall, originally from Greencastle, was serving a sentence for murdering local pensioner Martha Gilmore in 1996.

In February last year, the pair were convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of 28-year-old Ms Nguyen's murder and given life sentences.

The trial judge ordered that they serve "whole life tariffs", meaning they would never be freed.

Yesterday, McFall was back before a court as he launched an appeal against the term, claiming his crime was not so serious that he should spend the rest of his life in jail. But three senior judges, led by Lord Justice Gross, rejected his case at the Court of Appeal in London.

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"His own role in this brutal murder and, in the light of his previous conviction for murder, amply warranted a whole life order," he said.

The court heard McFall was jailed in Northern Ireland in 1997 for the savage murder of 86-year-old widow Mrs Gilmore during a break-in.

She disturbed him and he attacked her in her Carrickfergus home, striking her repeatedly with a hammer.

Ms Nguyen, a mother-of-two was killed after being attacked at Unwin's home in Shiney Row, near Sunderland, where she had been lured.

Afterwards, her body was placed in a car which was driven to a secluded spot and torched.

The judge said the murder involved "significant planning and pre-meditation", with a sadistic, sexual and financial motivation.

She had endured significant mental and physical suffering during an "unimaginable four-hour ordeal".

McFall claimed yesterday that the whole life sentence he received was too tough.

But the judge said he was a previously convicted killer, who was capable of "monstrous" acts and who was "chillingly devoid of any human empathy".

"He was party to the sexual and financial motivation behind the luring of the victim to the house and was party to the attack while she was there," Lord Justice Gross said.

"A whole life order must never be passed as a reflex reaction or routinely. It wasn't so passed by the judge.

"It is upheld by us after careful consideration, but with no hesitation whatsoever.

"The justice of this case plainly requires that he should spend the remainder of his life in prison," the judge added.

The appeal was refused.


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