25 Years For Freezer Killer Who Cared More For Pet Rats Than Besotted Lover

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jul 26, 2013 in Rat News | Subscribe

Cold-hearted freezer killer Sharon Swinhoe cared more for her pet rats than the besotted ex lover she murdered, a court has heard.


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Mr Justice Globe spoke of her ability to manipulate men as he jailed her for a minimum of 25 years at Newcastle Crown Court for the murder of trusting Peter McMahon, 68.

Swinhoe, 44, battered to death her ex-partner and “sugar daddy” Mr McMahon with the help of one of her “other men”, Joseph Collins, 54. 

Collins, of The Sycamores, Newcastle, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years.

The duo were found guilty of murdering the retired civil servant in an attack in which his eyes were gouged.

The pair were then assisted by another of Swinhoe’s boyfriends, Ronald Douglas, 77, in moving the mutilated body in a suitcase from Swinhoe’s home and storing it in a chest freezer at Collins’ flat, where it badly decomposed before being discovered by police.

Douglas, of West Acres, Blaydon, was cleared of murder and manslaughter after the six week trial, but admitted perverting the course of justice by helping to move and conceal Mr McMahon’s body. He was jailed for four years.

Swinhoe continued to empty Mr McMahon’s bank acount long after he had died, the court was told.

Sentencing the trio at Newcastle Crown Court, Mr Justice Globe said that Swinhoe was a sinister and controlling woman who used her “charm” to manipulate men.

He said to Swinhoe: “You appear to care more about the rats you kept as pets than the man who asked you to marry him and gave you a £1,100 engagement ring.

“In layman’s terms you were literally trying to scratch his eyes out.”

The judge added:”I’ve no doubt at all that she was the one in control. The money ended up in her possession. 

“I have detected no remorse whatsoever. When asked about Mr McMahon’s death during the trial your answers were
chilling.

“Even now you have no regret for what you have done.”

Mr McMahon’s sons Andrew, 39, and Steven, 36, said in a statement: “We can draw no positives from the verdicts; our dad has gone, and nothing can bring him back. 

“It is particularly tragic that he not only had his life taken from him, but that these people showed utter disrespect for it afterwards. 

“He was also denied the chance to learn he had become a grandfather which he had always dearly wanted. 

“We still can’t believe that anybody could be so cruel, calculated and cold-hearted against our Dad. His generosity and good nature were taken advantage of, and he did not deserve for his life to be cut short in this way.” 

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