logo

Father mistakenly accused of his son's murder dies 3 days after the real killer is imprisoned

Aby Rivas
Oct 18, 2018
11:38 P.M.

A woman walks into a police station and confesses to a crime after 14 years. No, is not a joke, that’s exactly what Karen Tunmore did last July. She murdered a teenager in cold blood in 2004, and it was the boy’s father who paid for her crime.

Advertisement

Scott Pritchard was 19 when he was brutally attacked with a bat outside his home in Sunderland and died from his injuries soon after.

The investigation of the murder case was one of the most fruitless the local police station has managed, with over 1600 statements taken and 4000 documents produced with no result despite the involvement of 300 police officers in the case.

Advertisement

Now, 14 years after the teenager’s tragic death, his murderer came forward to confess her crime, and officers were stunned. They admit there’s no way they could have linked the woman with the case back then. She didn’t have a direct connection with Pritchard.

THE CONFESSION

Karen walked into the Middle Engine Lane police station in Wallsend, North Tyneside, in the company of a friend. She expressed her wish to confess to her crime, stating that she couldn’t live with the guilt anymore.

Officers weary at first of Karen’s involvement in the crime, but she made sure to mention every little detail about the murder that only someone who was there could have known. Police Det Ch Insp John Bent said:

Advertisement

“The chilling level of detail she told us gave us reason to believe she was responsible. She said she disposed of the bat that was used, washed the car mats and sold the car she used, which was blood-stained from the weapon. The interviewing officer said she was very upset and in the early stages she seemed contrite and genuinely remorseful for her actions.”

Advertisement

THE CONNECTION

At the time of his death, Pritchard was on crutches after suffering a lesson on his foot. The teenager owed some money to a member of a dangerous gang called Hendon Mad Dogs, and the man, in return owed Karen.

So, the pair drove to the boy’s house to collect the money, but when he said he didn’t have any, the woman “saw red” and attacked him with the bat, which she carried around for security reasons.

Source: Shutterstock

Source: Shutterstock

Advertisement

“It's perhaps not unsurprising that it was never detected because her link to Scott was so tenuous," explained Bent.

THE FALSE ACCUSATION

A witness told the police back then that they saw two men before the attack. Police believe they could have been Karen and the gang member. She could have passed as a man because of her haircut and clothes.

A year after Pritchard’s death, his father, Robert Stacey, was accused of the murder. He was arrested and spent 16 weeks in jail, but the case was dropped when the prosecutor couldn’t present evidence to condemn Stacey.

Advertisement
Source: Shutterstock

Source: Shutterstock

“It was heartbreaking. I was charged and sent to Durham Prison for 16 weeks, in a cell 23 hours a day. It was the worst time of my life. I was in prison for a crime I knew I was not responsible for,” said Stacey on a victim statement read at Karen’s murder trial.

Advertisement

The man went on to say that even after being released, people kept pointing their finger at him and he was afraid of going out in public because the people would yell rude things at him.

THE CLOSURE

“I’ve been asked how I feel now someone, after 14 years, has admitted to Scott’s murder. I feel broken; it’s brought everything back. I’ve cried every day. I only hope now my family, and I can have some closure,” Stacey said.

Source: Shutterstock

Source: Shutterstock

Advertisement

However, the man died from a heart attack just three days before Karen was charged with murder and sentenced to a lifetime in jail with a minimum term of 17 and half years.

The family was devastated by the loss of their father and the fact he didn’t get t see justice be made for his son, but Kathleen Pritchard, Scott’s mother, and Stacey’s wife, said:

“Every night for more than ten years I went to sleep knowing his killer was out there, who was refusing to come forward and allow the family closure.

Now, with his killer behind bars, we finally have some kind of justice for Scott and hope he can rest in peace knowing the person who did this is no longer walking the streets."

Advertisement

Even though it came late and Mr. Stacey didn't get to enjoy, justice finally came for this grieving family.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
info

news.AmoMama.com does not support or promote any kind of violence, self-harm, or abusive behavior. We raise awareness about these issues to help potential victims seek professional counseling and prevent anyone from getting hurt. news.AmoMama.com speaks out against the above mentioned and news.AmoMama.com advocates for a healthy discussion about the instances of violence, abuse, sexual misconduct, animal cruelty, abuse etc. that benefits the victims. We also encourage everyone to report any crime incident they witness as soon as possible.

Related posts

Homeless Man Finds an Old Antique Ring in His Cup and Rushes to Seek Woman Who Was Wearing It — Story of the Day

April 21, 2022

Homeless Man Who Left His Sister 38 Years Ago Returns to Her with an Old Box from Their Father – Story of the Day

April 07, 2022

After Millionaire Husband’s Death, Old Widow Is Forced to Live In Dirty Old Trailer – Story of the Day

May 22, 2022

Woman Follows 5-Year-Old Girl Who Takes Leftovers from Her Grocery Store Every Day — Story of the Day

March 27, 2022

Widowed Mom Learns Her Son Escapes Home Every Night, He Returns One Day with Bag Full of Cash – Story of the Day

April 11, 2022

Rich Woman Mocks Cleaner Who Is in Love with Her, until He Saves Her on the Street – Story of the Day

February 12, 2022

Woman Visits Her Old Friend’s House with Adoptive Son, ‘I Lived Here Years Ago,’ the Boy Says – Story of the Day

May 18, 2022

Man Sees Old Woman with Crying Kids at Gas Station, Remembers News Report on Missing Children — Story of the Day

January 25, 2022

Bob Saget's Longtime Home Gets $770K Price Cut – Nobody Is Ready to Buy House He Lived in until His Tragic Death

October 16, 2022

Millionaire’s Stepdaughter Commits Crime, Cop Realizes She Did It to Get Away from Her Stepdad – Story of the Day

March 17, 2022

‘I’m Waiting for Mom,’ Girl Says to Park Janitor, Next Day He Sees Her Still Sitting at Same Spot – Story of the Day

May 23, 2022

Rich Man Sees Police Take Homeless Woman's Newborn, Months Later His Car Pulls up beside Her — Story of the Day

January 31, 2022

Rich Man’s Young Widow Learns He Left $4.7M Inheritance to Unknown 81-Year-Old Named Anna — Story of the Day

May 04, 2022

Boss Kicks Out Cleaning Lady Who Comes to Work with Newborn Baby, Loses Job a Few Minutes Later – Story of the Day

February 08, 2022