A court in the United Kingdom has given whole-life prison terms for the two killers who tortured, raped and murdered a Vietnamese beautician last year.
Newcastle Crown Court presiding judge Justice Morris called 51-year-old William McFall an “extremely violent man capable of monstrous behavior” while describing 40-year-old Stephen Unwin as a “calculating, manipulating and ruthless killer” who had both sexual and financial motivations.
Unwin and McFall were found to have subjected their 28-year-old victim, Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, to hours of “unimaginable” torture and rape before burning her alive in a car.
“Quyen Nguyen was a young, healthy and lively woman, a mother of two young children and much loved by her family both here and in Vietnam,” the judge was quoted as saying during the sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
Both men were both handed full life terms without opportunity for parole, with Unwin being convicted of rape and murder while McFall was convicted of murder, according to Independent.
Nguyen became the unfortunate target of the ex-convicts who were jailed for killing elderly people during separate violent burglaries. The two reportedly met each other in prison and joined forces after they were released from their life sentences.
Unwin, who operates a property maintenance company, reportedly lured Nguyen to his house in Sunderland under the guise of making a visit to a client’s home on Aug. 14, 2017.
The victim was last seen alive arriving in Oswald Terrace, Houghton-le-Spring, that evening. Reports revealed that Nguyen was dragged through the house and tortured in a bid to get her PIN number and other information.
Both men repeatedly raped her and stole money from her bank cards. The pair then cleaned up the place and cooked and ate a curry as she lay unmoving on the floor. Nguyen was then wrapped in a dust sheet and placed in the backseat of her Audi.
Unwin and McFall then drove the car to a vacant lot before setting it on fire. Based on the presented evidence, it was possible that Nguyen was still alive when the car was burned.
McFall and Unwin also took a selfie together on their way to withdraw cash from the victim’s bank account.
William McFall, 51, and Stephen Unwin, 40, have today been handed full life jail terms for murdering Quyen Ngoc Nguyen in Houghton-le-Spring last summer. The sentence means the violent killers will NEVER be released from prison. Read the full story here: https://t.co/zQ09qLyXhr pic.twitter.com/FrmZhG5s8s
— Northumbria Police (@northumbriapol) April 25, 2018
Northumbria Police detective Inspector Ed Small said the case was one of the worst he had to investigate in his 25-year career in law enforcement.
“They have shown no remorse throughout and have refused to take any responsibility for their actions,” Small said.
“The sentence handed to William McFall and Stephen Unwin today means they will never be released to kill again. I hope the families of all their victims, will take some comfort from today’s sentence in the knowledge that these two evil men are locked up for good.”
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