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Killer of a vulnerable grandfather convicted of murder

|News, Violent crime

A killer who tortured and mutilated a 54-year-old grandfather with whom he lived has been convicted of his murder at Newcastle Crown Court today.

Christopher Graham, 30, was convicted of the murder of Simon Bowman, 54, at their house in High Street, Jarrow, in May of this year.

Graham, previously of Romney Avenue, Washington, had already admitted killing Simon Bowman to police, but had claimed to have been acting in self-defence.

Simon’s body had been discovered at his home in May of this year after friends became concerned that he had not been in contact.

On arrival at his home police found his body, which medical examination subsequently revealed had sustained significant injuries; blunt force trauma and fractures, numerous cuts and the removal of fingers and toes.

Gary Buckley, of the CPS, said: “While Christopher Graham had previously admitted to the killing of Simon Bowman, he persistently denied having murdered him.

"He instead created a cover story about having acted only in self-defence, alleging that Simon had tried to sexually assault him.

“It was clear from the extent of injuries sustained by Simon, both before and after his death, that Graham’s actions went well beyond anything that could be considered self-defence.

“Working closely with police, the Crown Prosecution Service used forensic evidence, CCTV and phone records to systematically dismantle Graham’s account, proving beyond doubt that he himself was the aggressor.

“We sincerely hope that his conviction for this horrific crime provide some measure of comfort to Simon’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Notes to editors

  • Gary Buckley is a District Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS North East

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