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Man from north accused of raping and murdering Vietnamese woman

A man from the north is one of two accused of raping and killing a Vietnamese woman in Tyne and Wear
Tom Wilkinson, Press Association

TWO maintenance men, including one from the north, raped a Vietnamese nail salon manager and left her to die in a burning car they torched in a murder motivated by "a depraved sexual lust and financial greed", a court in England has heard.

Quyen Ngoc Nguyen (28) was led into a "trap" and held captive at Stephen Unwin's home in Shiney Row, Tyne and Wear, by him and co-accused William McFall (51), who is originally from Northern Ireland, a jury was told.

They held the seven-stone woman for more than four "terrifying" hours before she was incapacitated, carried out in a sheet and then dumped in her burning Audi A4.

Firefighters later found her badly burned body on the back seat of the car.

Newcastle Crown Court heard today the men forced her to give them her PINs, took two bank cards and withdrew a total of £1,000 before and after she was killed.

She had been sexually abused, possibly with a gun or with a toy light sabre, and raped.

McFall was living in Blackpool but frequently lived and worked with Unwin maintaining properties.

Shortly before their victim arrived at Unwin's home, McFall texted his friend: "We raping the chink xxxx".

Unwin (40) replied: "Remove daft shit like that lol".

Jamie Hill QC, prosecuting, told the jury the defendants, who deny murder and rape, blame each other.

"It is our case that they share joint responsibility for a murder that was motivated by a depraved sexual lust and financial greed," he said.

The case continues.

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