Norfolk murder set to feature in new documentary series

Photo of the boarded up Compasses Inn in Snettisham. PHOTO; Matthew Usher Photo of the boarded up Compasses Inn in Snettisham. PHOTO; Matthew Usher

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
9:52 AM

A jealous publican who shot his girlfriend in the head as she sat in the bath – before hiding her body in a freezer while he took up with another woman – is set to be featured in a new documentary looking at notorious UK murders.

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Michael Tucker. PHOTO: IAN BURTMichael Tucker. PHOTO: IAN BURT

Michael Tucker is currently serving a minimum term of 22 years behind bars for murdering 28-year-old Becky Thorpe in March 2010 at The Compasses Inn pub, Snettisham.

Norwich Crown Court heard Tucker’s relationship with Miss Thorpe became strained after the pub struggled to make money and he began to believe she was seeing another man.

Tucker took a shotgun and shot his partner in the back of the head.

Tucker then ran off to the Isle of Wight, from where he wrote letters confessing to his crime.

The crime is now set to appear on a new documentary series on Channel 5 looking at some

A spokesman from Crackit Productions said: “The documentary series will explore eight high-profile murders. We will explore what happened and why, from a psychological point of view, and examine how the case was solved.

“We’ve interviewed several people who are key to each case, including family members, police, psychiatrists, and journalists, and each contributor will help us tell the story from beginning to end.

“One of the cases we’re looking at is Michael Tucker and the murder of Rebecca Thorpe.”

Tucker was initially ordered to serve at least 26 years behind bars but later had his sentence cut by four years by three senior judges, sitting at London’s Court of Appeal, after ruling that the Norwich judge had imposed a sentence usually reserved for drive-by killers and gangland gunmen.

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