Dating a murderer – the mum with two killer boyfriends languishing in jail for life

A mum facing jail after helping her killer partner run away from police has a pair of murdering boyfriends behind bars for life.

Sarah Clarke, 30, helped hide boyfriend Stephen Strutt in a Blackpool hotel after the killing of Warren Glover, 33, in St Helen last summer.

Strutt, 39, was seen on CCTV stopping to buy beer on his way to Merseyside to hunt down Mr Glover.

Aaron Stubbs then hit the dad-of-one over the head with an iron bar and left him to die.

Strutt, his brother-in-law Peter Walker, Stubbs and his sister Melissa Stubbs were all found guilty of murder and Clarke was convicted of assisting an offender.

The mum-of-one hid from cameras when leaving court last month, but now the Liverpool Echo has revealed can reveal her face – and her turbulent past.

Stephen Strutt
Stephen Strutt was found guilty of the murder of Warren Glover

Strutt lived with the mum-of-one in Chester Avenue, Stalybridge and became a stepdad to her eight-year-old son.

The boy’s father is another murderer: Damian ‘Scarface’ Gorman who carried out a pub assassination with infamous cop killer Dale Cregan.

Clarke’s relationship with him led to her facing a charge of intimidating a witness and giving evidence at Cregan’s shocking murder trial.

And while she was ultimately acquitted of any wrongdoing in that case, she moved on from one murderer to another.

Cregan, then 29, murdered PCs Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, in a gun and grenade ambush in Manchester in September 2012.

Sarah Clarke
Sarah Clarke is facing jail for her actions in the aftermath of the killing of Warren Glover in St Helens

At the time he was on the run over the killings of gangland rivals Mark Short, 23, and his dad David Short, 46, plus a string of attempted murders.

Mark Short was shot as he played pool in a pub in Droylsden, east Manchester in May 2012, before David Short cradled his dying son in his arms.

David Short was shot and finished off with a grenade at his nearby home that August, after his killers stalked his son’s grave looking for him.

In February 2013, Cregan stood trial with nine co-accused, including fellow cocaine dealer Gorman.

Preston Crown Court heard Clarke and Gorman had lived together for three years and that she had his son in September 2012.

Gorman, then 38, was accused of taking part in the killing of Mark Short and three counts of attempted murder in the same pub.

On day 35 of the trial that April, Clarke took to the witness stand as part of her boyfriend’s defence.

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The then 22-year-old told jurors she had been charged with intimidating a female witness, who had given evidence against Gorman.

She denied intimidating the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in a park following the midnight shooting of Mark Short.

The prosecution alleged the two “assassins” Cregan and Gorman went to clean up at Clarke’s home after killing Mark Short and pointed to Gorman’s clothing, found outside the property in bin bags, as evidence of this.

Clarke told jurors she had dumped Gorman’s clothes outside the house they rented in Hollingworth, Tameside, when she moved out because Gorman had been jailed for 12 weeks over another matter.

Dale Cregan
Dale Cregan is serving a whole life sentence for the murders of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes and Mark and David Short in 2012

Cregan admitted murdering the Shorts midway through the trial.

For the four murders he was handed a whole life sentence and is now locked up at maximum security Ashworth Hospital in Maghull.

Gorman, was found guilty by the jury of the murder of Mark Short and the attempted murder of three other men, and was jailed for life for a minimum of 33 years in June 2013.

Clarke was later cleared of any wrongdoing, when prosecutors dropped the allegation of intimidating a witness in August 2014.

The CPS offered no evidence against her and a not guilty verdict was recorded by Judge Leslie Hull at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Afterwards Ms Clarke said: “I am pleased that after two years of being on bail it is finally over. I should not have been charged in the first place and I am not happy with the fact that I was charged. I have always maintained my innocence. I want to put all this behind me.”

Despite her claims, Clarke moved on from one killer boyfriend to the next.

A judge said Mr Glover was killed out of “vengeance”, after he sent “offensive and provocative” texts to his ex-girlfriend Melissa, 30, her parents and friends.

The NHS worker was found unconscious in residential French Street, following an attack by Stubbs, 30, at around 10.15pm on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

Warren Glover
Warren Glover was killed in a street attack in St Helens

Mr Glover had come out with a lump hammer to confront the gang and damaged the Stubbs’ car, after the couple earlier threatened they were coming to “smack his head in” and went looking for him at his nan’s house with Strutt and Walker.

As the victim ran away, Aaron, 30, struck him over the head from behind with a “heavy” blow. Walker, 31, had also chased after him with a baseball bat.

All four denied arming themselves with weapons, with Aaron claiming he just wanted to “confront” Mr Glover about the “vile” texts he sent to Melissa, 30.

All four of them were found guilty of Mr Glover’s murder.

Strutt, who also has a young son of his own, had recruited Walker to join their plan, which Judge Denis Watson, QC, found had been an intention to cause grievous bodily harm to Mr Glover that had fatal consequences.

Clarke insisted there was nothing sinister in her booking Strutt and herself into a hotel using someone else’s bank card when he was wanted by police.

Melissa Stubbs
Melissa Stubbs was found guilty of murder

Peter Walker
Peter Walker was also found guilty of murder

However, prosecutors said she covered for him by telling the police he was working away and also withdrew money from his account on his behalf.

Clarke even tried to convince the jury that she had no idea he was wanted for murder.

She sobbed when she was found guilty of assisting an offender by a majority of 11-1.

Granting her conditional bail, Judge Watson warned Clarke that it is “highly likely” she faces a prison sentence when she is dealt with on May 21.

Sarah Clarke
Sarah Clarke, who was found guilty of assisting an offender, tried to hide her face as she left court

Jailing Strutt for life with a minimum of 20 years, he said: “You knew you were wanted by the police and you were trying to lie low in Blackpool to avoid arrest.”

Aaron Stubbs, of Lane End Road, Burnage , was jailed for life with a minimum of 21-and-a-half years.

Melissa Stubbs, of the same address as her brother, was jailed for life with a minimum of 20-and-a-half years.

Walker, of Garth Road, Wythenshawe, was jailed for life with a minimum of 20-and-a-half years.

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