Mother and son sentenced for Barnsley murder

Date published: 12 August 2019 14:23
Dated: 12 August 2019 15:12:22
On Friday 9 August, a mother and son were found guilty of the murder of Barnsley man Gary Dean and sent to prison for more than 50 years. 

Scott James Dawson, 41, and his mother Carol Dawson, 72, have been on trial at Sheffield Crown Court since Monday 8 July charged with murder. 

Today, Monday 12 August, Scott Dawson was sentenced to 31-years in prison, with his mother Carol jailed for 26 years. 

Over the course of a five-week trial, the court learned of the circumstances that led to the murder of 48-year-old Gary Dean in the Silkstone Common area of Barnsley in September 2018. 

Judge Jeremy Robinson expressed following the sentencing how he believed the Dawsons intended to kill Gary and that neither of them could control their tempers, he said: “You both were filled with venom and desire for revenge for what you inaccurately perceived as police inaction. 

“Neither of you could control your tempers and it is clear, you, Scott Dawson, have a violently explosive personality and manner.

“Had your intention been to simply injure him seriously, your guilt would have been ascertained as he could have explained what occurred. It appeared to you both, that all previous aspects of your campaign were not working as you wished. Gary was carrying on as he had before. He had to be removed.”

He added how the Dawnsons ‘both fed off the venom within each other’ and how ‘this toxic mixture led to murder’. 

The court heard how Gary- who was on the autistic spectrum- behaved in an abnormal and anti-social manner but was not an overly aggressive individual.  Instead of trying to understand Gary’s behaviour, the Dawsons commenced a vendetta against him, which ultimately cost him his life.   

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Mark Oughton, senior investigating officer, said: “I want to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to Mrs Dean, Gary’s parents and wider family who have demonstrated incredible strength throughout the police investigation and supported us throughout. 

“This trial has discussed Gary’s death in harrowing detail and their courage is to be commended.” 

“I would also like to thank the investigation and prosecution team who worked tirelessly to secure successful convictions. This investigation was like a jigsaw puzzle, and when all the pieces were put together the only persons who could have been responsible for this brutal attack were the Dawsons.

“I welcome the sentence received today.”
Scott Dawson sentenced to 31 years in prison

Scott Dawson sentenced to 31 years in prison

Carol Dawson sentenced to 26 years in prison

Carol Dawson sentenced to 26 years in prison

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