Mother and son jailed for life for ‘brutal' footpath murder

Scott and Carol Dawson have been jailed for life

Monday, August 12, 2019

A pensioner and her son have been jailed for life for murdering a man after a long-running feud over him using a footpath on their land.

Carol and Scott Dawson had been involved in a dispute with Gary Dean over a piece of land he would regularly use to go running.

The Dawsons had accused Mr Dean of damaging their property and secured a restraining order against him. A “stay away” sign had been erected near the path.

The 48-year-old was found dead in a South Yorkshire wood after being beaten and shot in the back with an air rifle in a “brutal attack” in September last year.

The court heard the Dawsons intended to return to the site of the murder and dispose of the body with a digger but it was discovered by a walker.

Gary Dean was found dead last year

Mr Dean’s wife Caroline told a jury how they were terrorised in the lead-up to his murder - which included a home invasion that left her with a broken nose.

She said they were followed and threatened, their home and car were defaced with graffiti and her husband had been falsely accused of being a paedophile.

Scott Dawson will serve a minimum of 31 years, while his mother will serve at least 26 years in jail. They showed no emotion as the sentence was read out.

Judge Jeremy Richardson said “justice has, I'm sure, been done”.

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