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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Former Barrow prostitute who took "selfies" with corpse cleared of murder

A FORMER Barrow sex worker and her serial killer pimp who posed for selfies by the dead body of a man killed by a massive drugs overdose have been jailed by a judge who branded them ‘vultures’.

Kirsty Edmondson
Kirsty Edmondson

Christopher Sawyers, 36, has been jailed for 33 years for murdering former teacher Kenneth Chapman, 47, on December 28, and stealing thousands in cash and belongings from him, as well as the manslaughter of Peter Clark, 60, who died accidentally in 2012.

Kirsty Edmondson, 23, from Barrow, defended by Simon Medland QC, was cleared of murdering Mr Chapman, but jailed for three years after admitting a string of theft and fraud charges against him, alongside Sawyers.

Sending them down, Mr Justice Holroyde said: “The pair of you were like vultures around a corpse.”

Manchester Crown Court heard Mr Chapman had financially supported Edmondson. He was semi-conscious after injecting drugs with her when she called Sawyers to the flat at Bridgewater View, Anson Street, Eccles, for more drugs.

Sawyers arrived and murdered Mr Chapman with a syringe loaded with a massive dose of heroin so he could get his hands on his cash. He then told Edmondson: “I’m a serial killer now.”

Minutes later the pair posed for ‘selfies’ using Mr Chapman’s phone. They filmed themselves having sex in his bed, repeatedly returning to the flat to steal, sleep and take drugs as the body decomposed over a five day period.

Mr Chapman was found on January 12, after his sister raised concerns. The overdose was the biggest the pathologist had ever seen. Detectives then unravelled a double-killing case which the judge said painted ‘grim pictures of life’, showing the ‘utter degradation’ of addiction.

On July 5 2012, the first victim, Peter Clark, 60, of Didsbury Court, Withington, was rushed to hospital and died after being consensually injected with heroin in the hand by Sawyers at an address at Tutbury Street, Ancoats. In the aftermath Sawyers used his phone and debit card, giving him the idea there was ‘money to be made from murder’, prosecutor Tony Cross QC said.

Sentencing, the judge said Sawyers stole from Peter Clark before he even knew he was dead, and had shown ‘no sign whatsoever’ that he cared about his crime against ‘utterly defenceless’ Kenneth Chapman. “Anyone who doubts the malign an destructive effects of the misuse of class A controlled drugs should’ve sat and listened to this trial”, he added.

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