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Tuesday, 02 June 2015

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Graham guilty of murder

A MAN has been found guilty of murdering missing Hexham woman Janet Brown.

Janet Brown
Janet Brown's body has never been found.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court today (June 19 )convicted Donald Graham (60) of Seaton Delaval, of the murder of Miss Brown (45), of Plane Trees Farm, Lowgate in June 2005 and of perverting the course of justice.
The verdict came despite the fact Miss Brown's body has never been found, but she has not been seen since June 2005.
At the time of her disappearance she was having an affair with Graham, who was married and living in the Allen Valley.
Prosecutors argued that her murder was part of an audacious fraud by Graham to obtain her money and that of her elderly parents, Eric and Olive Brown.
Graham had previously admitted charges of fraud.
The sentencing has been adjourned to tomorrow.
He appeared in court alongside Elizabeth Todd (51), also of Elsdon Avenue, who was charged with forgery, conspiracy to commit fraud and perverting the course of justice.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict in her case, and she now faces a retrial.
For a full report of the case, see next Friday's edition of the Hexham Courant.