Woman jailed for life after admitting murder of teenager in 2004

Photo issued by Northumbria Police of 19-year-old Scott Pritchard.
Photo issued by Northumbria Police of 19-year-old Scott Pritchard.

A female football coach who walked into a police station to confess to the unsolved murder of a teenager who was battered to death outside his home in 2004 has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 and a half years.

Karen Tunmore, 36, from Killingworth, North Tyneside, could no longer live with the guilt and confessed in July to killing Scott Pritchard, 19, in Sunderland, smashing him over the head with a baseball bat in a row over money.

Photo issued by Northumbria Police of Karen Tunmore.

Photo issued by Northumbria Police of Karen Tunmore.

Mr Pritchard's father Robert Stacey, known as Fred, was charged with murdering his own son and spent 16 weeks on remand before the case against him was dropped in 2005.

In a Victim Personal Statement read out at Newcastle Crown Court, Mr Stacey said people continued to shout abuse at him, even though he was cleared, and he was scared to walk around Sunderland city centre "for fear of being accused of a crime I did not commit".