Tragic past of murdered Durham woman is revealed

THE life of murdered Lisa Leckenby had already been plagued by tragedy, it emerged last night.

Police at the scene of the murder and Lisa Leckenby (inset)

THE life of murdered Lisa Leckenby had already been plagued by tragedy, it emerged last night.

The 28-year-old was found dead in her home on Sunday. And The Journal can reveal the mum-of-three is the sister of Shaun Leckenby, who was convicted of murdering their father Ronald, in 2006.

But this was not the first time the troubled family had been hit with heartache.

Ronald, who was 45, when he was killed at his home, in Castletown, Sunderland, had previously been jailed for four-and-a-half years for manslaughter after killing his brother, following a family argument in 2000.

The father-of-five admitted killing Christopher, 28, who died of a single stab-wound inflicted by Ronald, with a kitchen knife. During the case, at Newcastle Crown Court, it was revealed that Christopher had been involved in an incestuous relationship with his niece, Lisa.

Lisa’s body was found in the living room of her home, on Tenth Street, in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, on Sunday morning. Police say she had been the victim of a sustained violent attack.

Lisa’s brother, Shaun was 18 when he stabbed his dad to death at the home they shared. He was found guilty following a four-day trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Ronald Leckenby, was stabbed through the heart, stomach and bowel. Shaun was sentenced to life imprisonment. Ronald was released from prison in 2003, following his manslaughter conviction. He stabbed Christopher during a family row in which his brother hit his wife, Dorothy. He was jailed after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of provocation.

It is understood Ronald had grown to accept the incestuous relationship between Christopher and Lisa, which began when Lisa was just 17.

Yesterday Marcel George Allan, 42, originally from Gateshead, appeared before magistrates in Peterlee charged with her murder. He gave his address as Tenth Street, Blackhall.

Allan was remanded in custody to appear in Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday, August 25.


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