Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murder Suspect Denies 'Working On' Co-Accused; QC Claims She Tries Prison Van Persuasion

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murder Suspect Denies 'Working On' Co-Accused; QC Claims She Tries Prison Van Persuasion

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BODY in the freezer suspect Sharon Swinhoe denied pestering her co-accused to plead guilty in a prison van during their trial.

Swinhoe was accused of "working on" Joseph Collins and telling him to "end it now" by admitting manslaughter.

Prosecutors claim Swinhoe, Collins and Ronald Douglas murdered 68-year-old Peter McMahon then hid his body in a freezer.

As she continued to give evidence yesterday, Swinhoe labelled Collins "spineless and weak" and said he was "trying to save his bacon" by blaming her for the murder.

But Collins' barrister accused Swinhoe of manipulating him and said she was still trying to get at him during the trial.

David Jeremy QC, said: "You travel on the prison van with Joe and you are still working on him, saying things like 'You can end this now'."

Swinhoe replied: "Absolutely not." Mr Jeremy said: "You were trying to get him to plead guilty to manslaughter. Even during this trial you were trying to get him to do that."

Swinhoe said: "Joe said in the van he was going to take me down. …

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