June 2013

Concern over sex fiend’s relationship with Rose West

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PRISON bosses have raised concerns about a Sunderland sex fiend’s close relationship with serial killer Rose West.

Staff in HMP Low Newton became so concerned about Linda Jeffrey’s growing “friendship” with the mass murderer they compiled a report to prison authorities, a court was told.

Jeffrey was jailed for six years last year after being found guilty of aiding and abetting an indecent assault and eight child cruelty charges.

The 62-year-old knew her husband Andrew, now dead, was responsible for a series of sickening sex attacks on children in the 1970s and 80s, but did nothing to stop him and made no attempt to report what she knew.

The revelations came to light after Jeffrey was called to give evidence in the ongoing murder trial of Sharon Swinhoe, accused of killing Peter MacMahon.

Called to appear at Newcastle Crown Court against Swinhoe regarding a prison conversation the pair are alleged to have had, Jeffrey was then quizzed on her relationship with West.

Joanna Greenberg QC asked Jeffrey: “Your new best friend is Rose West, is it not?”

Jeffrey replied: “No, she cleans the floor outside, she speaks to me, she speaks to everyone in there.”

Miss Greenberg said: “The prison service are concerned and made a report about your new friendship with Rose West?”

Jeffrey said: “I don’t know.”

Miss Greenberg said: “May I suggest you have something in common, given your ill treatment of children?”

Jeffrey replied: “No.”

She appeared at court in her wheelchair and refused to answer any questions about her own case. She said: “I’m not here to be ripped to bits, I didn’t want to get involved in this bloody big mess. You are not asking me any questions about me. I am refusing point blank to answer any questions about me.

“I still say I am not guilty. My husband died through it. I’m not listening to it any more.”

Jeffrey and her husband, formerly of Cuillin Close, Lambton, Washington, denied any wrongdoing throughout their trial last year, but were found guilty of a series of charges by a jury.

Andrew Jeffrey was convicted of 11 indecent assaults and two of cruelty, and jailed for a total of eight years.

West was convicted of 10 murders in 1995. Her husband Fred, who committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial, is believed to have collaborated with her in the torture and murder of at least 10 young women.

Fred West is known to have carried out 12 murders in total.

March 2012

Couple jailed for child abuse charges dating back 40 years

A COUPLE have been jailed for sickening child abuse charges dating back over 40 years.

Linda Jeffrey knew her husband Andrew was responsible for a series of sex attacks on children in the 1970s and 80s but did nothing to stop him and made no attempt to report what she knew.

Newcastle Crown Court heard she was even present when her husband carried out one of the offences on a young girl.

The married pair, both now 62, of Cuillin Close, Lambton, Washington, had denied any wrongdoing but were found guilty of a series of charges by a jury after a trial.

Judge David Wood yesterday jailed Andrew Jeffrey, who was convicted of 11 indecent assaults and two of cruelty, for a total of eight years.

The charges related to three victims.

Linda Jeffrey was jailed for six years after being found guilty of aiding and abetting an indecent assault and eight cruelty charges.

These related to six victims.

Judge Wood told her: “I am quite sure you knew your husband was indecently assaulting girls between 1971 and 1985 and you did nothing to stop it.

“Indeed on one occasion you were present.”

The court heard at the time of the offences, Linda Jeffrey was a user of hard drugs and she would give narcotics and alcohol to youngsters and show them pornography.

The pair were brought to justice when the victims broke their silence and reported them.

The judge said: “None of them wanted to come forward and re-live their experiences but they all felt they had to.

“None of them could tolerate the idea history would repeat itself and you would harm another child.”

The court heard both defendants are in poor health and defence barristers said they will suffer more than most in prison.