Mom with two killer boyfriends faces jail time after helping murderer escape
A mother with two killer boyfriends in life prison faces life in prison herself.
Sarah Clarke, 30, helped hide her boyfriend Stephen Strutt in a Blackpool hotel after the murder of Warren Glover, 33.
The Liverpool Echo has now revealed the face of the child’s mother and her troubled past.
CCTV has captured Strutt, 39, stopping to buy beer on his way to Merseyside to track down Mr Glover in St Helen last summer.
Thug Aaron Stubbs then hit the father of one on the head with an iron bar and left him to die.
Strutt, his brother-in-law Peter Walker, Stubbs and his sister Melissa Stubbs were all convicted of murder and Clarke was convicted of aiding an offender.
He lived with Clarke and became the stepfather to his eight year old son.
The boy’s father is a murderer named Damian ‘Scarface’ Gorman who committed a murder in a pub with cop killer Dale Cregan.
The mother’s relationship with him led her to face a charge of intimidating a witness and testifying during Cregan’s murder trial.
She was ultimately acquitted of any wrongdoing in this case.
Cregan, then 29, murdered PCs Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, in a grenade and gun attack in Manchester in September 2012.
At the time, he was on the run after the murders of his gang rivals Mark Short, 23, and his father David Short, 46, plus a series of attempted murders.
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Mark Short was gunned down while playing pool in a pub in Droylsden, east Manchester in May 2012, before David Short cradled his dying son in his arms.
David Short was shot and finished with a grenade in his neighboring house in August, after his killers tracked down his son’s grave looking for him.
In February 2013, Cregan was tried with nine co-accused, including another cocaine addict Gorman.
Preston Crown Court has learned that Clarke and Gorman have been living together for three years and that she had her son in September 2012.
Gorman, then 38, was charged with participating in the murder of Mark Short and three counts of attempted murder in the same pub.
On the 35th day of trial in April, Clarke took the witness stand in her boyfriend’s defense.
The 22-year-old told jurors she had been accused of intimidating a female witness, who had testified against Gorman.
She has denied intimidating the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in a park after the midnight shooting of Mark Short.
The prosecution alleged that the two “killers” Cregan and Gorman went to clean Clarke’s house after killing Mark Short and pointed to Gorman’s clothes, found outside the property in trash bags, as evidence of that.
Clarke told jurors that she threw Gorman’s clothes outside the house they rented in Hollingworth, Tameside, when she moved because Gorman was jailed for 12 weeks on another case.
Cregan admitted to murdering the Shorts midway through the trial.
For all four murders he received a life sentence and is now locked up at Ashworth Maximum Security Hospital in Maghull.
Gorman, was convicted by the jury of the murder of Mark Short and the attempted murder of three other men, and was jailed for life for at least 33 years in June 2013.
Clarke was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing, when prosecutors dropped the allegation of witness intimidation in August 2014.
The CPS presented no evidence against her and a verdict of not guilty was entered by Judge Leslie Hull at Minshull Street Crown Court.
Subsequently, Ms Clarke said: “I’m glad that after two years on bail it’s finally over. I shouldn’t have been charged in the first place and I’m not happy that I was indicted. I have always maintained my innocence. I want to put all of this behind me. “
Despite her claims, Clarke went from being one killer boyfriend to another.
A judge said Mr Glover was killed in “revenge” after sending “offensive and provocative” texts to his ex-girlfriend Melissa, 30, to her relatives and friends.
The NHS worker was found unconscious on residential French Street, following an attack by Stubbs, 30, around 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020.
Mr Glover had come out with a hammer to confront the gang and damaged the Stubbs’ car, after the couple had earlier threatened that they would come “slam his head” and pick him up at his nan’s house with Strutt and Walker. .
As the victim fled, Aaron, 30, hit him in the head from behind with a “heavy” blow. Walker, 31, also chased him with a baseball bat.
All four denied armed themselves with weapons, with Aaron saying he just wanted to “confront” Mr. Glover about the “vile” texts he sent 30-year-old Melissa.
All four were convicted of the murder of Mr. Glover.
Strutt, who also has a young son of his own, had recruited Walker to join their plan, which Judge Denis Watson, QC said, was an intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Mr. Glover which had consequences fatal.
Clarke insisted there was nothing sinister about her booking for Strutt and herself at a hotel using someone else’s bank card when wanted by the police.
However, prosecutors said she covered him up by telling police he was working outside and also withdrew money from his account on his behalf.
Clarke even tried to convince the jury that she had no idea he was wanted for murder.
She sobbed when she was convicted of helping an offender by an 11-1 majority.
Granting her conditional bail, Judge Watson warned Clarke that it was “highly likely” that she would face jail time when processed on May 21.
Imprisoning Strutt for life with a minimum of 20 years, he said: “You knew you were wanted by the police and you were trying to stay low in Blackpool to avoid being arrested.”
Aaron Stubbs, of Lane End Road, Burnage, has been jailed for life with a minimum of 21 and a half years.
Melissa Stubbs, of the same address as her brother, has been jailed for life with a minimum of 20 and a half years.
Walker, of Garth Road, Wythenshawe, was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 and a half years.