Sunderland serial killer given fourth life sentence

Steven Grieveson
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SERIAL killer Steven Grieveson was today sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years for the murder of schoolboy Simon Martin

The 42-year-old, from Sunderland, was convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of the murder of 14-year-old Simon, whose body was found at a derelict property in the city on May 26, 1990.

The schoolboy had suffered head injuries when his body was discovered at Gillside House in Roker.

Grieveson admitted responsibility for the death of the teenager, but pleaded not guilty on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Today the jury found him guilty after a trial lasting nine days.

Grieveson was previously found guilty in February 1996 of the murders of three teenage boys – 18-year-old Thomas Kelly and 15-year-olds David Hanson and David Grieff, all from Sunderland. He was given three life sentences with a minimum tariff of 35 years in prison.

The body of Thomas Kelly was found on Friday, November 26, 1993. Four months later, on Tuesday, February 8, 1994, the body of David Hanson was discovered and on Friday, February 25,1994, David Grieff’s body was recovered.

The bodies of Thomas Kelly and David Grieff were found in Monkwearmouth and David Hanson’s body was found in a derelict house in Roker.