Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Report Could Clear Name

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Report Could Clear Name

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The story began in 1987 when Mr Royal, a science teacher, stabbed a man called David Thompson outside a chip shop in Gateshead. He was charged with murder but was cleared after claiming he acted in self-defence.

On the night of March 19, 1990, Mr Royal was blasted to death with a shotgun after he answered the door at the home he shared with wife

Sonia in Laburnum Grove, Sunniside, Gateshead. Walter Hepple was charged with murder but, after a trial, was found not guilty.

Detectives turned their attention to Adams, who was an aircraft engineer from Chapel Park, in Newcastle.

Adams had been going out with Catherine Thompson, the sister of the man Mr Royal stabbed to death, and police said he carried out the murder in revenge and to prove his love for Catherine. However, Adams said the pair had split up long before the murder.

Central to the prosecution case against Adams was a statement by a former associate called Kevin Thompson ( no relation to David or Catherine Thompson. …

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