Murder by the Sea - Episode 2 case details: Terry Clifton
By James W, Sunday 27th May 2018

Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: 23rd January1995
Date of arrest: 6th March 1995
Date of sentencing: 1st January 1997
Tony Marrocco (49)
Paul Sandham (29)
Method of murder: Blunt force trauma (monkey wrench) and stabbing 40 times
Location: Morecambe
Status: Serving life at HMP Blakenhurst

In 1995, at the age of 24, Terry Clifton murdered two people in Morecambe. Antonio Marrocco (known as Tony) was brutally murdered at his garage, TM Motors, and his employee Paul Sandham was stabbed and his body dumped.

Later in the evening the families of Tony Marrocco and Paul Sandham raised the alarm after the pair failed to return home from work at Tony’s garage. Arriving at TM Motors in Northgate at 1:30am, officers found the body of 49-year-old car dealer Tony. The Italian dad-of-one had been beaten to death with a wrench. His colleague Paul’s body was found the following morning. The 29-year-old who had recently fought a cancer battle – had been stabbed 40 times and left in a field off Powder House Lane, a mile from the garage.

A breakthrough came when one of Italian-born Tony's part-time employees told the detective heading up the investigation, Graham Gooch that a white MG Metro was missing from the garage. The all-important car documents had also gone missing. "This meant it was no panic killing", says Mr Gooch. "After murdering Tony, the killer had selected the most expensive car in the garage and then calmly searched for the documents. He'd even found the keys and moved other cars out of the way to get at the Metro”. The car was later traded at a car dealership in Erith, Kent.

Clifton was dubbed ‘Spider-Man’ after escaping police by scaling 100 feet down a seven-storey block of flats. He also held his solicitor Alistair Harper hostage before the trial began. The jury found Clifton guilty of both murders, and it took 8 prison officers 35 minutes to carry the struggling killer into court when the judge ordered him to be brought up to receive his life sentence.

Graham Gooch said that Clifton was lean and tall and muscular, a horrible man who showed absolutely no remorse. "He was an absolutely evil man, there’s no two ways about it. He wasn’t stupid, he was calculated and just plain nasty".

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