Chilling selfie of twisted ‘curry killers’ who ate takeout meal, as mum lay on the floor and then took grinning photo after setting her body ablaze
Maintenance workers, Stephen Unwin and John McFall were convicted of torturing and depraved killing of Vietnamese nail bar worker, Quyen Ngoc Nguyen on Aug 14, 2017
Mother-of-two Quyen Nguyen, was found dead in a burnt-out car in August last year after her killers had lured her to Unwin’s house in Newcastle, UK
At trial court saw chilling selfie of the twisted killers grinning smugly, took photo, after setting her victim ablaze in her Audi A4 – Unwin and McFall, both convicted murderers, ordered and ate curry takeout as their victim lay on the floor, after she had been raped and beaten with a handgun
Unwin and his accomplice John McFall spent four hours attacking 28-year-old Quyen Nguyen, before raiding her bank account as her corpse smouldered in a secluded field.
William McFall, 51, was found guilty of Quyen’s murder – but not her rape, 40-year-old Stephen Unwin was found guilty of rape and murder
The victim’s family and rights activists are demanding life sentences without parole
Thieves and murderers: The grinning pair of Stephen Unwin, [left], and John McFall, [right], took a celebratory selfie after they murdered Quyen Nguyen, torched her body and her car, before looting her account
A pair of convicted murderers masquerading as home maintenance workers in Newcastle, UK, have been found guilty of the rape, abuse and murder of a young mum who they burnt alive in her car. The depraved killers then took a grinning selfie to celebrate.
Stephen Unwin, 40, and John McFall, 51, spent four hours attacking Vietnamese nail bar worker Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, 28, before raiding her bank account as her corpse smouldered in a secluded field.
Nguyen was allegedly murdered after turning up at Unwin’s home in Houghton-le-Spring on the evening of August 14 last year.
Victim: Quyen Ngoc Nguyen died after being lured to a house where she was brutally raped. She gave up her bank details under torture, before her tormentors burnt her alive in her car
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the pair lured the single mum-of-two to Unwin’s house on the outskirts of Newcastle before beating her until she surrendered her bank details.
Quyen standing at only 5ft, was then raped and assaulted with a handgun before the fiends paused her ordeal to order and eat a takeout dish of curry.
Prosecutors said the suspects held the victim captive, raped, extorted and possibly asphyxiated during her time in the house.
Four hours after she arrived at Unwin’s home, the 28-year-old part time realtor from Killingworth, North Tyneside in Newcastle, was carried out in a white sheet, placed in the back of her car, driven to a track and set on fire,
They then dragged her into her Audi A4 before torching it as she clung to life in the back seat. Twisted McFall, the court heard, then took a “smiling selfie” of himself and Unwin in another car after her death.
Crime scene: Stephen Unwin and William McFall were caught on camera [circle], carrying Nguyen’s body from the house where they killed her
John McFall was found guilty of Quyen’s murder, but freed on the rape charge
Stephen Unwin was found guilty of both rape and murder. The crime was committed in his home on the outskirts of Newcastle
Unwin and McFall tried to cover their crime with arson. Nguyen’s body was found in her burnt out car wrapped in a blanket
The victim’s sister Quyhn Ngoc Nguyen, had earlier voiced her pessimism when it comes to obtaining a good measure of justice for her sister when she said: ‘I think Britain will be soft on my sister’s killers’.
‘My sister has passed away and nothing can change that,’ she added
‘But I believe that if these two people were released at some point in the future, then definitely some innocent people could be harmed. I think they should never be released, they are evil’.
‘I don’t want to blame anyone but it seems that the Government is too kind to these people, because what they have done is terrible’.
Quyhn Ngoc Nguyen – ‘I think Britain will be soft on my sister’s killers’
I took all the courage that I have in order to know exactly what happened to my sister.
When I hear the stories from the two defendants, I was so resentful, I couldn’t control myself.
They make up stories that you just cannot imagine how they do things like that.
Her sister Quyhn clutched a framed picture and wept in the gallery as the verdicts were handed down.
The victim’s sister Quyhn Ngoc Nguyen [holding Quyen’s portrait], as well as other relatives and friends, attended court wearing headbands in her memory.
Both men were found guilty of murder – but only Unwin was convicted of her rape.
Jurors heard before the victim arrived at Unwin’s home in Tyne and Wear, McFall texted his friend saying: “”We raping the c****.”
Unwin replied: “Remove daft s*** like that lol.”
Quyen had come to the UK in 2010 from Vietnam, and helped compatriots find housing in the North-East.
The court heard the men, both maintenance workers, met the victim through her involvement in rental properties.
The suspects Stephen Unwin and William McFall walk home after setting Quyen Nguyen’s body on fire.
The court heard it is unclear why the single mum, who was “tiny” in stature, visited Unwin’s house on August 14 but prosecutors say she walked into a “trap”.
Prosecutors Jamie Hill said some of the properties the victim was involved with had been used as cannabis farms and claimed the defendants were also there to steal the crops.
The court heard it is likely she was “just alive” when she, and her car, were set alight.
Mr Hill added: “The prosecution says that she was sexually abused and raped and also threatened into providing her PIN numbers for her two bank cards.
Prosecution said ‘s the killers set Ngoc Nguyen’s car ablaze while she was still alive in the back seat after she had been raped, and abused
“It may be that they were also after the whereabouts of other cannabis growers.
“When the defendants had finished abusing her, and gained access to her money, they decided to dispose of her, determined to destroy the evidence of what they had been doing.”
While Unwin and McFall blamed each other for the murder, court documents stated that the victim’s DNA was found inside the pants worn by Unwin and there were traces in McFall’s shorts, as well.
Prosecutors said the murder was motivated by money and sex and the defendants both, convicted murderers, have a “ruthless streak” and were “in it together”.
Jamie Hill told the court: “They were in it together, acting together.
”We say they have displayed a callous and brutal disregard for everyone other than themselves,” Hill said.
In a statement Quyen’s sister said: “I believe that if these two people were released at some point in the future, then definitely some innocent people could be harmed.
“I think they should never be released, they are evil.”
National Victims’ Association founder David Hines said: “A life sentence should mean a minimum of 40 years behind bars.”