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Four convicted following Lee Irving murder trial

01 Dec 2016 13:50 PM

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Today four people have been convicted for their involvement in the murder of 24-year-old Lee Irving at Newcastle Crown Court.

James Wheatley, 28, of Studdon Walk, was found guilty of murder and pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Barry Imray, 31, of no fixed abode, found guilty of perverting the course of justice and allowng the death of a vulnerable adult

Julie Mills, 50, of Studdon Walk, found guilty of perverting the course of justice and allowng the death of a vulnerable adult

Nicole Lawrence, 20, of The Avenue in Fellgate Moore in Morpeth, found guilty of perverting the course of justice and allowng the death of a vulnerable adult

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb said: "This has been a tragic case for both Lee's parents and families. I absolutely have to thank and commend the witnesses and members of the public who came forward in this case. They have undoubtedly helped us seek justice for Lee and his family.

"This has been a truly awful case and to watch the defendants show such little respect and remorse for Lee has been sickening. All Lee ever wanted was friendship.

"This has been a difficult case for the team and I am proud that through their efforts we have had the successful outcome today. I hope today's outcome helps provide some justice for Lee's family and we await sentencing."