THE detective who led the murder inquiry claims Mark Denton’s murder claims she has not dealt with a more “horrific” murder in her whole career.
Detective Chief Inspector Anne-Marie Salwey spoke out after David Sowerby and Anthony Middleton were found guilty of Mark’s murder at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.
Det Chf Insp Salwey said: “In my career as a detective I have never know such a brutal and horrific murder, and one that was played out in front of so many innocent witnesses.
“It has had a devastating effect on his family who feel utterly broken and lost without him.
“Many of the people who witnessed this senseless murder and those who came to Mark’s aid are still traumatised by what they had to endure and will need continued support.
“Sowerby and Middleton have shown no remorse for the cold blooded murder of Mark and have put his family and friends through the ordeal of going to trial.
“The courage and bravery of Mark’s family and friends to stand up and be heard has been key to the investigation and significant in the conviction of Sowerby and Middleton, who now face a long time behind bars where they belong.
“This case highlights the destructive effect where weapons are used and the police will continue to seek prosecution for anyone found to be carrying weapons unlawfully.”