Karl Burman sentenced to life for killing his partner and chopping up her body

22/03/2012

Today at Birmingham Crown Court, Karl Burman, aged 24, from Coventry, was found guilty to the murder of his partner, Shauna Lee, aged 34, between November 2010 and May 2011 and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a tariff of 19 years.

The matter first came to light when Burman dialled 999 and stated that he wanted to confess to a crime. He subsequently confessed on a number of occasions that he had killed his partner and explained how he had disposed of her body by dismembering it with a garden tool that he had specifically purchased and had put the body parts into wheelie bins.

Sarah Hammond, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "Today, an evil and dangerous man has been found guilty of the horrific murder of Shauna Lee.

"Family and friends of Ms Lee became concerned when they were unable to contact her and in December 2010, an appeal was put out for her whereabouts. However, unbeknown to them, she had been murdered by Karl Burman and her body had been chopped up in her own flat, bagged and then put into a wheelie bin which was then disposed of as normal household rubbish and incinerated.

"In May 2011, Burman contacted the police and confessed to the murder and of disposing the body.

"A detailed forensic examination was then conducted of Ms Lee's flat and was crucial to the case. The DNA tests showed that blood found in the flat had come from the deceased. The blood spatter pattern was consistent with the use of blunt force on her and the pooling of blood on the floor beneath the carpet was consistent with her body ending up on the floor. The conclusion was that someone had tried to clean up after the event but had failed to check underneath the carpet.

"This was a very tragic case involving a vicious attack and calculated disposal of Shauna's body, which sadly has never been found.

"Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Shauna Lee and we extend our sympathies towards them."