Saturday, June 13, 2009

Newlyweds found guilty of killing - Update

A couple have been convicted of killing a man the morning after their wedding. Wendy Shobrook and Barry Johnson, of Plymouth, had denied murder but were found guilty at the city's crown court of George Auchterlonie's manslaughter.

Shobrook and Johnson, both 40 and from Clowance Street, went on a drinking binge after marrying on 9 June 2008. They later had an argument at their home and Shobrook left to spend the night with Mr Auchterlonie.

Plymouth Crown Court heard that during a row after their marriage, Shobrook set fire to Johnson's bed, screaming he should "burn in hell". As the blaze ravaged the property, she went to spend the night with 45-year-old Mr Auchterlonie.

The following day Shobrook rang Johnson and told him Mr Auchterlonie had tried to rape her and steal her money, the court heard. Johnson then went to the flat and attacked Mr Auchterlonie. The court heard both a wooden oar and a tumbler glass were used to inflict 38 separate injuries, including 14 to the head and neck.

Martin Meeke QC, prosecuting, had previously told the court that Shobrook's claims were false and that she had set up Mr Auchterlonie for "the beating which he got". He said: "The night before she had set fire to the bed in which her new husband was lying.

"She had left him on their wedding night, gone to spend the night at the address of a man who he believed she was having an affair. She knew how he was likely to react." Mr Auchterlonie, from Plymouth, is believed to have died some hours after the attack. His body was not found for three days. The couple are due to be sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court on 10 July.


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