November 2022

Three jailed for life for ‘brutal’ broom handle murder of paedophile

Three people have been jailed for life for murdering their paedophile housemate by “brutally” sexually assaulting him with a broom handle.

Terry Oldham, 63, suffered “the worst pain imaginable” during the attack in Camborne, Cornwall.

Aaron Mallon, 25, and his partner, Michelle Casterton, 44, and Daniel Quinn, 24, all from Falmouth, were found guilty at Truro Crown Court.

Mallon is to serve a minimum of 25 years, Quinn 24 years and Casterton 22.

Mr Oldham’s body was found “covered with extensive injuries” at the property in Dolcoath Road on 1 April 2014.

They included the “worst kind” of internal infection, “deep bruising” to his sexual organs and thighs, four fractured ribs and broken fingers.

The trial heard Mr Oldham was “routinely bullied” by the three housemates who acted “like a pack of dogs”.

They urinated on him, force fed him dog faeces, prevented from going to the toilet and stole his money and possessions.

The court was told the trio considered him “fair game” after discovering he had indecently assaulted a girl under 14 in 1987.

Mallon and Casterton, both of Grenville Road, Falmouth; and Quinn, of Tregullow Road, Falmouth, were also found guilty of allowing the death of a vulnerable adult.

Judge Graham Cottle had previously directed the jury to find Richard Rosevear, a schizophrenic heroin user, not guilty of murder owing to “insufficient evidence”.

The jury found Mr Rosevear, 33, of Truro Road, St Austell, not guilty of allowing the death of a vulnerable adult.

Judge Cottle told the jury that, after Mr Oldham’s death, Mallon, Casterton and Quinn laughed about bullying him “as if they didn’t have a care in the world” and that Mallon was recorded saying “ding dong the nonce is dead”.

The court heard that Mallon had appeared “cut up” to police about what had happened, and had said in a statement that Mr Oldham “had been like a father to him”.

However, describing Mr Oldham as being “brutally and horrifyingly attacked”, he told Mallon: “I am satisfied that your role was the main role. He was viciously assaulted”.

Judge Cottle thanked the jury for hearing a “tough case” with “some sordid details”.

October 2015

Gang ‘killed paedophile by feeding him dog poo and torturing him with broom handle’

The four men killed convicted sex offender Terry Oldham, 63, after feeding him dog faeces and urinating on him, a jury was told.

They had moved themselves into his home after deciding his sordid past made him “fair game”.

Police launched a murder investigation after paramedics discovered his battered body had suffered extensive injuries and bruising to his groin area.

A post mortem revealed the assault with the broom handle had injured Mr Oldham internally causing poisoning which led to organ failure.

The court heard Mr Oldham had been convicted of indecently assaulting a girl aged under 14 in 1987 and was subject to a sexual offences prevention order as a result.

Mr Dunkels listed a series of “extensive injuries” to the victim’s head, chest, abdomen, hands, arms and legs.

He said there were a large number of bruises to many parts of Mr Oldham’s body of varying ages meaning he had been assaulted on numerous occasions.

None of the defendants had done anything to help the 5’2″ man who weighed 8.5 stone following the assault despite the fact that it “must have been obvious that he was seriously ill”, the lawyer added.