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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Life for couple who killed parents and spent money on movie memorabilia

Published 23/06/2014 | 17:08

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Christopher Edwards, 57, and Susan Edwards, 56, who have been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering her parents, whose bodies were found buried in their own back garden 15 years after they disappeared
Christopher Edwards, 57, and Susan Edwards, 56, who have been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering her parents, whose bodies were found buried in their own back garden 15 years after they disappeared

A couple convicted of murdering the wife's parents before burying the bodies in their garden and stealing £245,000 of their money have been jailed for life.

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Susan Edwards, 56, and her husband Christopher Edwards, 57, were found guilty after trial last week of shooting dead William and Patricia Wycherley at the elderly couple's former home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998.

Sentencing the pair at Nottingham Crown Court today, Mrs Justice Kathryn Thirlwall told them they would both serve a minimum of 25 years behind bars.

The court heard that the debt-ridden couple shot their victims at their home on the May bank holiday, with the couple then buried in a metre-deep hole in their own back garden.

For the next 15 years, the couple kept up the elaborate hoax that Mr Wycherley, 85, and his 63-year-old wife were alive, claiming their benefits, pension, and even selling their home before a tip-off led police to the graves in October last year.

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