'Sugar daddy' killers given life
A woman who murdered her "sugar daddy" with the help of another lover and then hid the mutilated body in a freezer has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.
Sharon Swinhoe, 44, plundered the bank account of retired civil servant Peter McMahon, 68, after he was battered to death.
With the help of her some-time lover Joseph Collins, 54, Mr McMahon's battered body was wheeled in a suitcase last November to the block of flats where Collins lived in Elswick, Newcastle.
During the sustained attack that the pair inflicted at her home in Crawford Terrace, Walker, Newcastle, some weeks before concealing the body, she gouged Mr McMahon's eyes with her long finger nails. That proved to be fatal as it caused cardiac arrhythmia.
They were convicted of murder following a six-week trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Another of Swinhoe's boyfriends Ronald Douglas, 77, from Blaydon, Gateshead, helped them to move the body. He was cleared of murder but had previously admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by concealing a body.
During the trial, twice-married Mr McMahon was described as being besotted with Swinhoe, who was 24 years younger.
He would buy her presents and she was described by the prosecution as seeing Mr McMahon as a sugar daddy.
Collins was jailed for life with a minimum term of 20 years.
Douglas was jailed for four years, down from eight years, on account of his age, and his guilty plea, the judge said.