Television documentary to focus on terrible crimes of quadruple murderer Mark Hobson (From York Press)
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Television documentary to focus on terrible crimes of quadruple murderer Mark Hobson
8:48am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A NEW TV documentary will throw fresh light next week on quadruple killer Mark Hobson’s horrendous crimes.
Senior police advisers will reveal how Hobson shook uncontrollably while being interviewed by detectives after being captured at the end of a massive manhunt across North Yorkshire in July 2004.
They will tell how, asked if he took responsibility for the murders of twin sisters Claire and Diane Sanderson of Camblesforth, near Selby, and pensioners James and Joan Britton, of Strensall, York, the “words stuck in his throat” before he finally said yes.
Former friends will also speak about how Hobson’s behaviour had been running out of control long before the murders, always exacerbated by heavy drinking and drug taking.
One, William Brace, will speak in detail about being stabbed by Hobson in front of shoppers in Selby town centre two years before the murders, and then being amazed when he escaped jail for the offence and was instead ordered to serve only 100 hours community service.
“He was allowed out on bail while I was still in intensive care,” he will say.
“I was fighting for my life... If he had been locked up for stabbing me, he wouldn’t have gone on to murder the four people.”
John Titley, North Yorkshire Police’s on-call crime scene manager, will tell how he was at the scene of the sisters’ murders when he received a call on his mobile from control telling him there was a crime scene to attend with two bodies.
“I said: ‘I am already here, we are going to start an examination,’ and they said: “No, we have got a second one.”
The programme, called When Life Means Life, will be screened on Monday as part of a series about murderers given whole-life sentences by British courts – sentences which are currently being challenged under human rights legislation.
It features interviews with people who knew Hobson, journalists who covered the story at the time and also police experts who were called in to assist with one of Britain’s biggest manhunts and murder investigations.
• The documentary will be screened at 9pm on the Crime and Investigation Network, available on Sky 553 and 554, Virgin Media 237 and BT 887. It is likely to be regularly repeated subsequently.