December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
A man who brutally murdered his neighbour in Norfolk nearly 25 years ago has been found guilty of strangling a convicted child killer at a maximum security jail.
Lee Newell, 44, was given a life sentence in 1989 after he was found guilty of killing his neighbour Mary Neal in Gateley Gardens, Norwich.
He tricked his way into her home and strangled her before dumping her in her upstairs cupboard under the stairs. It was not found until 10 days later.
Newell continued to live at his home, spending money he stole from Mrs Neal, 56, on hiring videos and fleeing to Jersey.
Yesterday Newell and Gary Smith, 48, were found guilty at Warwick Crown Court of killing Subhan Anwar, who was found dead in his cell at HMP Long Lartin in south Worcestershire.
Anwar, from Huddersfield, was serving a life sentence for killing his partner’s two-year-old daughter.
Smith and Newell tied him up and throttled him with a pair of tracksuit bottoms on Long Lartin’s Delta Wing on February 14.
The 24-year-old was serving a sentence of at least 23 years at the Category A jail, having been convicted of murdering Sanam Navsarka at Bradford Crown Court in 2009.
A two-week trial was told Newell and Smith were also serving life terms for murders committed in 1988 and 1998.
The pair are likely to be sentenced next week for killing Anwar, who had received compensation after a previous incident in which he was assaulted by inmates.
Neither Newell nor Smith showed any emotion as they were unanimously convicted after the jury had deliberated for around three-and-a-half hours.
Jurors heard how Smith calmly made Newell a cup of hot chocolate - even sweetening it with icing sugar - during a stand-off with prison staff after Anwar was strangled.
Prison staff were initially told Anwar had been taken hostage because the two inmates were “bored” - with Newell telling a warder: “He’s gone, he’s with Allah.”
Both defendants opted not to give evidence at the trial, but CCTV and DNA evidence proved they were involved in the killing.
Prison officers told the trial how they found Anwar’s body at about 8.20pm after taking Smith and Newell from the victim’s cell to a segregation unit.