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Saturday, 23 May 2015

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Donald Graham Sentenced

DONALD Graham convicted of the murder of Hexham heiress Janet Brown will serve a minimum of 32 years in prison.


Judge Mr Justice Openshaw today (Friday) sentenced Graham (60), of Seaton Deleval, to life with a minimum of 32 years for murder, perverting the course of justice and a series of forgery and fraud offences.

Miss Brown, of Plane Trees Farm, Low Gate, was 45 years of age when she disappeared in June 2005.

Her body has never been recovered.

In sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court , Justice Openshaw said the murder was committed to obtain or keep £300,000 which had been transferred to Graham by Miss Brown just before her disappearance.

Miss Brown had been conducting an affair with the married Graham for around seven years but he murdered her and disposed of the body.

In the years that followed he committed an "audacious series of fraud" where by means of fraud and forgery obtained just over £285,000 from the estate of Janet Brown and her parents Eric and Olive Brown.