Ex-wife and mother of Adam Vincent's killers accused of threatening murder trial witness
THE ex-wife of one and mother of three of the men jailed for murdering Adam Vincent has been accused of threatening the main prosecution witness in the body parts trial.
Linda McLernon, 49, of Wickenby Close, Grimsby, is charged with threatening witness Graham Goodwin in the street on July 9, knowing that he had given evidence in the trial.
The charge reads that she approached Mr Goodwin in Grimsby and told him: "You're a dead man walking" and "Bang, bang – you're a dead man walking."
McLernon appeared before Grimsby Magistrates' Court for a first hearing of the matter and pleaded not guilty.
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Prosecutor Sue Barker gave brief details of the case and said that McLernon was the ex-wife of Lee Griffiths and the mother of Luke Griffiths, Thomas Griffiths and Mark Jackson.
District judge Daniel Curtis decided that the matter should be heard by a Crown Court judge because of the seriousness of the matter.
McLernon was represented by solicitor Steven Freestone and was allowed conditional bail while committal papers are prepared.
As reported, gang mastermind and "Mr Big" Lee Griffiths, 44, his sons Luke Griffiths, 20, and Thomas Griffiths, 23, of a different address on Southfield Road, and his stepson, Mark Jackson, 28, of Wickenby Close, were all jailed for life at Sheffield Crown Court in January after being convicted of murdering 33-year-old Mr Vincent.
A fifth man, Matthew Frow, 33, of Southfield Road, Scartho, was cleared of murder but found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.
Lee Griffiths will have to spend a minimum of 32 years behind bars before he will even be considered for release.
Jackson was ordered to spend at least 29 years in prison, Thomas Griffiths a minimum of 27 years and Luke Griffiths at least 26 years.
Frow, who was convicted along with the other four of perverting the cause of justice, in relation to the dismemberment and disposal of Mr Vincent's body, was jailed for 15 years.
Three of the five men – Lee Griffiths, Thomas Griffiths and Jackson – have lodged an appeal to get their sentences cut.
A judge has ruled that their appeals can go ahead and should be heard by the Court of Appeal.