STEPHEN Seddon was photographed kneeling beside a sports car he donated to mark the anniversary of the murder of Brent Martin.
But Seddon, too, would one day become a killer.
The convicted fraudster came to the aid of Brent’s bereaved family in 2008.
Then business development manager at a Mercedes-Benz dealership, he gave a weekend’s use of a sports car as a raffle prize, telling 23-year-old Brent’s twin sister Danielle he was “touched” by their tragedy.
But years later Seddon would inflict tragedy of his own.
Seddon was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years behind bars after being found guilty of murdering dad Bob Seddon, 68, and mum Patricia, 65, to get his hands on a £230,000 inheritance.
Back in August 2008, the Echo reported how he offered a weekend in a C220 CDi sports car to raffle at an event marking the first anniversary of Brent’s death.
He also used his contacts to get Ramside Hall Hotel to offer a two-night stay for the winner and also convinced Sunderland AFC to give away two tickets to the home match against Portsmouth. He even persuaded Newcastle Vipers ice-hockey team to stump up four VIP tickets.
At the time, he said: “When I read the story, me and my wife were just so touched by it. It was so horrible what they did to the poor lad.
“When I read what Danielle was going to do, I just really wanted to help out.”
The following month, he joined gold-medal winning Sunderland boxer David Dolan to raise cash for Plains Farm Boxing Club.
He donated a collection of sporting memorabilia, including a boxing glove signed by Larry Holmes, a signed picture of footballer Geoff Hurst and an SAFC autograph book.
He told our reporter: “There are some very good boxers at the club and they could be winning medals for us in the 2012 Olympics, so I just think they need as much support as they can get.”
Last week, Seddon shouted “I’m an innocent man,” as Mr Justice Hamblen told him he would not eligible for release until he is at least 86.
“One can only imagine the horror of your parents’ last moments in this life, when they realised what a monster their son, whom they loved, had become,” he told Seddon.