Killer who buried body in Cardiff woodland sentenced

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A man has been sentenced to 10-and-a-half years' imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court after he killed another man and then buried him in a shallow grave.

Mohamed Megherbi had attended Kane Burns’ flat on 9 October last year, with friends. During the early hours of the following morning, a neighbour heard loud bangs coming from the flat. Within hours Burns purchased lighter fluid and matches from a nearby petrol station, and later that morning bought cleaning items, including a mop. A number of bloodstains were discovered in Burns’ flat after police officers attended there on a separate enquiry. Subsequent tests showed that the blood was Mr Megherbi’s.

At the end of November 2018, Mohamed Megherbi’s body was found in a shallow grave in woodland near to Pontprennau. A sword was later found in undergrowth near Burns’ flat which had traces of the victim’s blood on it.

Janine Davies of the CPS said: “Kane Burns killed Mohamed Mergherbi before making great efforts to cover up what he did.

“As a result, the CPS had to carefully piece evidence together from various sources to show what had actually happened.

“Once the trial had started, Burns accepted he was responsible and changed his plea.

“Mohamed Megherbi’s life was cut short in tragic circumstances and our thoughts are with his family and friends regarding their loss."

Burns pleaded guilty to manslaughter and on 15 May 2019 was sentenced to serve 10-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

Notes to editors

  • Janine Davies is acting Senior District Crown Prosecutor within CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Kane Burns (DOB: 22/5/92) pleaded guilty to manslaughter on 9 May 2019.

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