Man Jailed For Gateshead Wheelie Bin Murder

12 June 2017, 13:45 | Updated: 12 June 2017, 13:49

Paul Watkins

A man’s been jailed for life for murdering a 23 year old and dumping his body in a wheelie bin in Gateshead.

The body of Craig Eade was discovered in the back alley of Northbourne Road in the town in March, after police received reports of concern.

Paul Watkins, who’s 36 and lived on the same street, previously pleaded guilty to Craig’s murder and this morning was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb led the investigation for Northumbria Police.

He said:
 "We welcome the sentence handed down by the court today and we hope this gives Craig's family some sense of justice.”

“However, I want to make it clear that this investigation will continue and while Watkins has admitted to killing Craig, we want to establish the exact circumstances of that evening." 

“Watkins' guilty pleas has been accepted but we are still trying to establish the whole incident and not just the moment Craig was killed."

“I have a duty to seek full justice for Craig's family and be absolutely certain that Paul Watkins was the only one responsible for Craig's death.”

"My condolences very much remain with Craig's family and I want to commend them for their bravery during this difficult time.”

The family of Craig Eade have paid tribute to him and have released the following statement: 

"Craig was a much loved son, brother, uncle and nephew." 

“He was a very happy lad with a big heart. We loved him and will always miss him.”

“The one thing that gives us comfort is knowing that the person responsible is off the streets, we hope for good."