An insulting boyfriend breaks into tears after being arrested for killing his partner in their home, in a video released today after being found guilty of murder.
Bare-chested Stephen Charlton is sobbing on the couch in his living room and later portrayed in police custody while being held for killing the mother of five Natalie Saunders.
Saunders, 33, was found dead in a semi-detached house at Brambles Farm, Middlesbrough, with so serious injuries that she was compared to being the victim of a car accident.
The Cleveland police released footage of his arrest after he was found guilty of her murder at the Teeside Crown Court.
Bare-chested Stephen Charlton is shown sobbing on the couch in his living room and is later held in custody because he is being held for having killed the mother of five Natalie Saunders
The bearded 24-year-old cries while officers tell him he is arrested on suspicion of her murder, and only half an hour later he sobs again while he bends his head forward on his knees.
Jury members were told that Charlton had subjected her to physical and emotional violence during the relationship.
Her body was found on October 7 and had more than 85 injuries, three strokes on her face, 13 on her head and neck, 23 on her torso and 25 on her lower limbs.
Public Prosecutor Peter Makepeace QC had told jury members that the murder had been committed by someone who & # 39; completely lost control & # 39; and her body & # 39; was mutilated without description & # 39 ;.
The bearded 24-year-old cries while agents tell him he is arrested on suspicion of her murder, and only half an hour later he sobs again while bending his head forward on his knees
He said the injuries were so serious that it seemed as if she had been involved in a traffic accident hit by a truck.
& # 39; This was not a static situation, & # 39; he said. & # 39; She struggled, fought and tried to defend herself. & # 39;
The court heard that Saunders, who was only nine stones, during the & # 39; unbridled violence & # 39; was wounded by ten blows she had deflected.
He added that after the & # 39; powerful strokes & # 39; were received from kicking, she & # 39; squeezed the life out of her & # 39; when she was strangled.
Saunders was described before the jury as being & # 39; totally unable to defend himself & # 39; and was & # 39; usually conditioned to a punching bag & # 39; to be in the hands of others.
The court heard that Saunders, who was only nine stones, during the & # 39; unbridled violence & # 39; was wounded by ten blows she had deflected. Pictured: Charlton after he was arrested by the police
Mr. Makepeace said she was terrorized and abused as & # 39; the norm & # 39; had started accepting after entering into a series of abuse relationships.
He explained that there was an appointment card in her handbag for the domestic abuse center My Sister & # 39; s Place in Middlesbrough.
The appointment was scheduled for October 11 – four days after her death.
The jury was told that if Natalie went for help or advice, Charlton & # 39; threatened to kill her, and he did exactly that & # 39 ;.
Jury members were told that Charlton (left) Saunders (right) had been subjected to physical and emotional violence during their relationship. Her body was found on October 7 and had more than 85 injuries, three strokes on her face, 13 on her head and neck, 23 on her torso, and 25 on her lower limbs
Nicolas Lumley, QC, defense lawyer said that Natalie & # 39; did not deserve & # 39; to die and that there was no doubt that this was a tragic and needless death & # 39 ;.
Charlton had claimed that Natalie had been killed by an intruder.
Natalie & # 39; s family paid tribute to her last year and said: & # 39; We are deeply saddened by this difficult time.
& # 39; Natalie was a beautiful lady and we will miss her. & # 39;
Inspector Sarah Robinson, principal investigator, said: & # 39; Nobody should live in fear and be exposed to emotional or physical violence.
& # 39; If this case hits someone, look for the help and support that is available.
& # 39; Friends, neighbors and members of the public have provided evidence in court about what life was like for Natalie living with domestic violence, but for her own reasons, she would not be more likely to support action against Charlton. T
The house where Saunders was murdered is surrounded by police tape after her death in October last year
& # 39; Natalie & # 39; s family has shown tremendous courage throughout the investigation, unlike Charlton who, despite overwhelming evidence, has subjected her family to enduring a lawsuit.
& # 39; Her family should not have listened to a pathologist detail that had sustained more than 85 individual injuries to Natalie before she was strangled.
& # 39; The Cleveland Police, alongside Natalie's family, would like to thank everyone who has supported Charlton by making statements and providing evidence. & # 39;
Lorraine Cooper, senior crown prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: & This case highlights the very real dangers of people with violent domestic relationships.
& # 39; For her own reasons, Natalie Saunders chose to stay with Stephen Charlton, despite the physical violence and the emotional abuse he would often inflict on her.
& # 39; In October last year, Charlton Natalie subjected to a final physical attack, one that tragically cost her life.
& # 39; The considerable list of injuries he delivered clearly demonstrated his tendency to physical violence and his lack of control over his own anger.
& # 39; I sincerely hope that his condemnation for murder provides a degree of comfort to Natalie & # 39; s family, for an incredibly difficult time for them. & # 39;
Charlton will be sentenced later at the Teesside Crown Court.