Birmingham man sentenced to life imprisonment for Erdington street murder

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A Birmingham man, who fled the UK after fatally shooting a young father on a street, has been found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Keanu Bedward, 24, of Erdington was convicted and jailed today (Thursday 14 November) at Birmingham Crown Court for the murder of 28-year old Remal Hunt.

Bedward shot Remal Hunt in the chest on April 18 in Church Street, Erdington before fleeing to Dubai that same day. He remained there for 10 days and flew back to Manchester Airport from Morocco where he was arrested by the police.

The court heard how the victim and a friend were travelling in a car which was followed by Bedward’s car from the High Street to Spring Lane, Erdington where the fatal shooting took place. Witnesses described how Remal Hunt was shot after exiting his vehicle on Spring Lane and following this Bedward’s car sped off.

An ambulance was called and passers-by offered assistance with first aid but Mr Hunt died at the roadside.

Police seized a mobile phone belonging to Mr Hunt at the scene, this contained evidence that indicated that Mr Hunt was in dispute with Bedward and that Bedward had made threats to kill him.

Ian Pinkney from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "This was a brutal attack in broad daylight by Bedward who was determined to kill Remal Hunt. Our thoughts are with Mr Hunt’s family. I hope this conviction brings them some comfort.”

Bedward was sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum 30 years (less 197 days in remand).

Notes to editors

  • Ian Pinkney is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands.

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