Grieveson’s trial brought back painful memories for families

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THE families of Grieveson’s other victims have told how Simon Martin’s trial brought back painful memories.

The serial killer murdered David Hanson, 15, Thomas Kelly, 18, and David Grieff, 15, during a four month killing spree in Sunderland between 1993 and 1994.

He denied he was the killer, who strangled his victims before setting their bodies alight, but was convicted by a jury and given three life sentences after a trial in 1996.

He has since admitted he killed all three.

After he was convicted of murdering 14-year-old Simon in 1990 at Newcastle Crown Court today, families of the tragic teenagers spoke out.

A joint statement on behalf of Thomas, Judith and Lyndsey Kelly, and Dorothy Laws; Sheila and John Hanson and Joanne Pickford (nee Hanson); and Janet Grieff and Ray Gilstin, said: “Our sons were taken away from us by a cruel man whose despicable actions cost four boys their lives.

“These were innocent boys whose actions led in no way to their devastating and tragic deaths.

“Listening to this trial has brought back so many painful memories for us, and we would like to express our deepest sympathies to Simon’s parents, Robert and Jean Martin, for the pain they have suffered over the last 23 years.

“We hope that the outcome of this trial will help them to feel that justice has been done for Simon.

“Our sons would be grown men now. We will never forget them and they will live on in our hearts forever.”