‘She deserves an Oscar’: ‘Black Widow’ who tried to manipulate three men into murdering ex-husband ‘infuriates’ viewers after demanding a gluten-free vegan sandwich and groaning at officers on 24 Hours in Police Custody
- Victoria Sheen, from Cambridgeshire, met Rob Parkes at university in 1999
- Wed 2004 but separated in 2008 and Rob was granted custody of a child in 2014
- Victoria is serving nine-and-a-half years for plotting to have Rob murdered
- Appeared on 24 Hours in Police Custody and could be seen delaying interview
24 Hours in Police Custody viewers were left ‘infuriated’ after a mother who tried to manipulate three other men into murdering her ex-husband managed to delay her interview with a series of different tactics and bizarre requests.
In last night’s episode of the Channel 4 show, Victoria Breeden, 39, from near Littleport, Cambridgeshire, who is now serving nine-and-a-half years for plotting to have Rob Parkes, 40, killed after he won custody of their daughter, was seen being taken into questioning.
However, viewers were left in shock after Victoria, known as the ‘Black Widow,’ gave detectives the run around with a series of demands and complaints – including that she needed medication, there was too much air in her hot water bottle and that she’d only eat a vegan gluten free sandwich.
‘Victoria’s delay tactics aren’t too dissimilar to my almost 3 year old at bedtime,’ wrote one, while a second penned: ‘Victoria deserves an Oscar.’
24 Hours in Police Custody viewers were left ‘infuriated’ after Victoria Breeden, 39, from near Littleport, Cambridgeshire, who tried to manipulate three other men into murdering her ex-husband, claimed she was not fit to be interviewed.
The ‘Black Widow’ (pictured) asked to see a healthcare practitioner and claimed she was in a lot of pain and would have difficulty going ahead with interview
Victoria Breeden is now serving nine-and-a-half years for plotting to have Rob Parkes, 40, killed after he won custody of their daughter (pictured)
Taking to Twitter, one person penned: ‘Victoria’s delay tactics aren’t too dissimilar to my almost 3 year old at bedtime’ (pictured)
In one scene which angered viewers, Victoria, who told cops she was gluten free, asked for a sandwich.
‘No, she’s not having a sandwich,’ replied another detective. ‘If she’s gluten free, she can have Pilau rice. If she’s gluten free, she will have gluten free food.’
And when the gluten free meal was offered to Victoria, she replied: ‘It’s got beef in it.’
She then proceeded to hand it back, claiming she doesn’t eat meat because she’s a vegetarian – before rejecting the other offers given to her.
Then, before the detectives got a chance to put their evidence to her, Victoria asked to see a healthcare practitioner and claimed she was in a lot of pain and would have difficulty going ahead with the interview.
‘I’m in no fit state to do anything without pain relief,’ Victoria said, before explaining she had recently had an operation for a slipped disk in her back.
Among Victoria’s bizarre demands and complaints was that there was too much air in her hot water bottle (pictured)
One person wrote: ‘Catching up on #24hrsinpolicecustody my god this woman is evil & manipulative how she even got away with missing countless interviews is crazy’ (pictured)
On hearing the news, the detective said: ‘I might just lose my s*** big time in a minute – and I’m not joking. The next stage of this saga is she’s saying she needs her pain relief for her back pain. The prison have not given her that pain relief when she was produced.’
‘I’m going to ring the prison now and find out when she should have her pain relief. She’s been offered medical care and we’ve even gone out to buy her the food she needs. I think we should carry on….In all my career, I’ve never experienced anything like this.’
However, despite guidance from the prison that another dose of medication is not necessary, the health practitioner requested Victoria’s interview get delayed to the following day – leading DC Louisa Abbott to fear she was dealing with the cleverest criminal she had ever encountered.
‘Someone might want to delay interview following consultation because if they think we’ve got evidence it allows them time to think about what to say in interview,’ she said.
‘She bides herself time to think. In my six years I can’t think of a case where someone has managed to delay after disclosure. I think Victoria is the most clever criminal I’ve come across. Not necessarily in the offence she is committing, but how she plays the system.’
‘I’m in no fit state to do anything without pain relief,’ Victoria (pictured) said, before explaining she had recently had an operation for a slipped disk in her back
And those who tuned in appeared to be in agreement with the officers.
‘Catching up on #24hrsinpolicecustody my god this woman is evil & manipulative how she even got away with missing countless interviews is crazy,’ wrote one, while a second penned:
‘Blood is boiling watching 24hrs in Police Custody, what a vile creature this woman is defo using her best phoning in sick voice when being charged.
A third added: ‘This woman is unbelievable !!! Has she swallowed a medical dictionary , shes apparently got every illness going,’ while a fourth commented: ‘I was so angry watching this programme. How this woman manipulated everyone around her and the system was something to behold.
‘So glad the Police were tenacious and she got a hefty sentence she fully deserved. At least her ex-husband can have a bit of peace!’
Breeden met Rob at university in 1999 and they married in 2004, but the couple separated in 2008 and Rob was granted custody of their daughter in 2014 following proceedings in the family courts.
Victoria has been jailed for nearly 10 years after trying to persuade the three men to murder Rob Parkes between 2014 and 2019.
She was convicted at an earlier trial at Chelmsford Crown Court of three counts of soliciting his murder and was jailed for nine years and six months at the same court.
Mr Justice Chamberlain, sentencing Breeden, said: ‘The evidence demonstrates that your main motivation in trying to persuade others to kill Rob Parkes was to regain custody of (a child). It must be obvious to you now that that can’t happen.’
The defendant appeared by video-link from Peterborough Prison and bowed her head as the judge sentenced her.
She was convicted at trial of endeavouring to persuade then-neighbour Hamish Lowry-Martin to murder Mr Parkes between January 1 2014 and December 31 2014.
She was also found guilty of endeavouring to persuade former boyfriend Graham Wall to murder Mr Parkes between October 19, 2018 and October 3, 2019.
Victoria was found guilty of endeavouring to persuade former boyfriend Graham Wall (pictured) to murder Mr Parkes between October 19, 2018 and October 3, 2019
Graham Wall who was asked to get rid of Rob Parkes leaving Chelmsford Crown Court in Essex
Breeden was also convicted of trying to persuade friend Earl Gernon to murder Mr Parkes on October 1 2019.
A recording of Breeden’s conversation with Mr Gernon was made on Mr Wall’s mobile phone, as Mr Wall had suspected that Breeden was being unfaithful and left the device hidden on the record setting.
Mr Justice Chamberlain said of the recording of Breeden’s conversation with Mr Gernon: ‘The discussion you (Breeden) had was detailed, it included the way in which the murder could be done and costs of different methods.
‘You handed Earl Gernon Rob’s address and you had a large sum of money you could have used for the killing.’
He told Breeden: ‘You were only thwarted because Gernon did not do what you wanted, or at least had not done so by the time police got involved.’
Daniel Taylor, prosecuting, said: ‘The crown say that this offending was persistent, planned and ultimately motivated by a desire to gain custody (of a child).’
He said that Mr Lowry-Martin and Mr Gernon were offered a ‘financial incentive to carry out those instructions’ and that Breeden had £18,000 in cash.
‘The point the crown say is important here is someone offering… money and she had the means to pay it,’ said Mr Taylor.
Matthew Jewell QC, mitigating, said that Lowry-Martin and Wall ‘made it pretty clear they were going to have nothing to do with it’.
He said Breeden’s conversation with the third man, Mr Gernon, ‘doesn’t reach a conclusion on the topic one way or the other and there was no evidence of any follow-up’.
Mr Jewell said Breeden has mental health issues but no conclusive diagnosis.
Mr Parkes, reading his victim impact statement to the court, said that the trial was ‘harrowing’ for him as he heard ‘just how my ex-wife wanted to kill me’.
‘I’ve never felt as unsafe as I have in the last year,’ he said.
Mr Parkes thanked Mr Wall for going to the police, which he said ‘prevented (Breeden) from being successful’.
Earl Gernon was charged with conspiracy to murder, but the charges were later dropped.
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