Men who tortured and murdered a Vietnamese mum-of-two jailed for life
Killers Stephen Unwin, 40, and William McFall, 51, convicted of the murder of Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, were sent down this afternoon at Newcastle Crown Court.
Mr Justice Morris said: "Stephen Unwin, you are a calculating, manipulating and ruthless killer.
"William John McFall, you are an extremely violent man capable of monstrous behaviour."
McFall shouted angrily from the dock: "That's your personal opinion."
They kept the tragic mum captive at a house for four hours before dumping her body in a car and setting it ablaze.
The mum-of-one, from Killingworth in Newcastle, may have been still alive when the blaze was started in Sunderland and could only be identified through dental records.
The pair ate curry after torturing and killing the young mum, the court previously heard.
Convicted killer McFall, who met Unwin while they were both serving life sentences for murder, admitted they had tucked in as the 28-year-old nail salon worker lay on the floor.
During the trial, jurors at Newcastle Crown Court were shown a "selfie" photograph taken by McFall in Unwin's car after the killing last August.
The images showed McFall smiling in the foreground while Unwin drives in the background.
It was taken after the men dumped Miss Nguyen's body and went back to Unwin's house on foot, where they collected his vehicle.
Now McFall and Unwin – both convicted or murdering pensioners in the 1990s – have been given whole life terms, which are reserved for the most serious killers and ensures they will never get parole.
As they were sentenced, Quyen’s sister, Quyhn, broke down as she faced them from the witness box to brand them evil and outline the devastating impact their actions have had.
Quyhn, speaking through an interpreter, said: “My dear sister was a kind and beautiful girl, a lovely daughter and caring mother.
”She is always in the heart of our family. We miss her every day. I often see her in my dreams.”
Fighting back tears, she added: “Since she passed away my mother cries every day because of the loss of her beloved daughter.
”She’s missed by everyone, especially on family birthdays and festive celebrations.
”We always celebrated occasions together but from now on we are without Quyen which makes the whole family feel sad.”
“I miss her beautiful smile. I think everyone can understand the pain our family are suffering.”
Quynh became too upset to continue reading the statement so prosecutor Jamie Hill QC took over.
Adding: “I believe my sister did not deserve in any way to die in this manner. She deserved a good life as she was a good person.
”I still can’t think about what happened to my sister. I’m extremely angry about the actions of these two terrible men towards her.
”They did not act like human beings. They are evil.
”The lives of so many have been altered forever by the cruel and evil actions of these men.”
Quynh’s statement concluded: “We are heartbroken and can’t comprehend how there are men like this able to live freely.
”We believed we had come to this country for a safer life.”
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