Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Notorious Killer Grieveson Admits to Yet Another Victim

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Notorious Killer Grieveson Admits to Yet Another Victim

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk

SERIAL murderer Steven Grieveson has confessed to also killing a 14-year-old boy found strangled and battered 23 years ago.

Grieveson, 42, admits killing schoolboy Simon Martin at a derelict house in Sunderland in 1990 but denies murdering him, claiming diminished responsibility. Prosecutors claim he strangled Simon with his hands and a ligature and smashed his skull with a rock.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court was told he was convicted in 1996 of murdering Thomas Kelly, 18, David Hanson and David Grieff, both 15, in 1993 and 1994.

They had been strangled and their bodies burned, in Sunderland.

In January last year Grieveson told police in an interview he had gone to Gilside House, Roker, with Simon after they had been playing football together in May 1990.

Then aged 19, Grieveson said he and the 14-year-old "performed a sex act" and he became scared his sexuality would be revealed.

He told police: "After I was finished I got scared, I started shouting at him not to tell anyone. "I just flipped for a minute and I started strangling him.

"I didn't let go and the next thing, he was on the bed. I think there was a rock or something and I smashed his head in."

William Lowe QC, prosecuting, told the jury Grieveson took the boy's trousers and bottoms, throwing his footwear into the sea and binning the clothes.

Grieveson, formerly of Roker Avenue, Sunderland, later told police he had pleaded with his victim not to tell anyone about their sexual contact.

He said: "He was saying he wouldn't tell but for some reason I didn't believe him."

Grieveson told police why he was confessing to killing the teenager, the jury heard.

"I needed to tell police, it has haunted us for 20 years," he said.

"I have self-harmed because of it.

"It has driven me crazy and I need to give the family peace of mind, myself as well. …

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