Lab worker GUILTY of strangling co-worker girlfriend, slitting her throat then dumping body before staging grim cover-up | The Sun

Lab worker GUILTY of strangling co-worker girlfriend, slitting her throat then dumping body before staging grim cover-up | The Sun

December 12, 2022

A LAB worker has been found guilty of strangling his colleague and slashing her throat before dumping her body in undergrowth on a country lane.

Ross McCullum attacked Megan Newborough, 23, "with great violence" before embarking on a "calculated and carefully executed" cover-up.

The monster, 30, strangled HR Adviser Megan then told police he cut her throat to "make sure" she was dead.

McCullum, who admitted killing Megan in a "volcano rage", has now been found guilty of murder at Leicester Crown Court.

During a trial, jurors heard the pair met each other in June last year while working at Leicestershire-based brick company Ibstock.

They had exchanged flirtatious messages and were in a "relationship of sorts" for around a month before Megan was killed.


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She was said to have "indulged McCullum with nothing but empathy, kindness and endless patience" during the fling.

On August 6 last year, Megan drove to McCullum's parent's home in Coalville, Leicestershire, where she was killed sometime between 8.15pm and 8.50pm.

Prosecutor John Cammegh KC said: "He would have shown her into the front room. And at some point within the next 30 to 40 minutes he attacked her with great violence."

After making an attempt to clean bloodstains from the carpet at his parents house, McCullum changed his clothes.

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He then dragged Megan's body to her white Citroen C3 and texted her saying "You are f***ing amazing" followed by a smiley face and three kisses.

The fiend dumped the HR adviser's body over a stone wall into a "tall, dense mass of bracken tangled with overgrown brambles".

McCullum also "jettisoned" Megan's iPhone into thick undergrowth and was captured on CCTV chucking blood-stained clothing into bins.

He then ditched Megan's car, changed his clothes and got a taxi to take him near to his home to "presumably avoid prying eyes".

McCullum also texted and called Megan's phone that night and the following morning to "further cover his tracks".

Megan was reported missing on August 7 and McCullum was later arrested.

While being quizzed by police, her partially clothed body was discovered.

A post-mortem found Megan had suffered 14 neck wounds in total.

Officers recovered 3,500 WhatsApp messages between the pair that "quickly" changed from being "largely innocent to overwhelmingly sexual",.

McCullum became "increasingly distorted and unpleasant" in the texts and spoke of sexual fetishes where he wanted Megan to call him "Lord Commander".

During his evidence, the monster laughed from the dock as he revealed the moments after Megan's murder where he watched pornography.

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McCullum shamelessly claimed it was a "safety blanket" that "makes you feel better for a short period of time".

The killer also told jurors it was "escapism from what I've just done".

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