Two men jailed for life for murder

|News, Violent crime

Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of a man who was found with serious head injuries in Mancetter, Warwickshire.

On 25 March 2017, Gregory Kelly had visited the home of 56-year-old Philip Picken and confronted him over the theft of his wages. Mr Kelly then left the house and walked along Manor Road when 39-year-old Robert Keavey ran him over in his Audi.

Mr Kelly, 26, managed to get up, but Keavey drove his car at him again and knocked him to the ground. Picken then went to attack Mr Kelly with a lump hammer.

Neighbours arrived at the scene and they called the emergency services.

The defendants fled the scene and the Audi was found burnt out a few hours later in a car park in Hartshill.

The two defendants were later arrested and following an 11-week trial, they were found guilty of Mr Kelly’s murder.

At Warwick Crown Court on 13 April both defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum term of 18 years.

Andrew Gay, 41, was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice and sentenced to four years' imprisonment. Nicolas Casey, 57, pleaded guilty at an early hearing to perverting the course of justice and he was jailed for two years and three months.

David Parsons from the CPS said:

“What began as a disagreement over some missing money soon escalated and resulted in the callous and brutal murder of Gregory Kelly.

“The defendants denied playing any part in the murder or the attempt to destroy key evidence,  however, they were seen by a number of local people, and using this as well as CCTV footage and data from the defendants’ phones, the prosecution team were able to prove their guilt.

“The men will now have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Kelly.”

Notes to editors

  • Phillip Picken (DOB: 03/08/1961) was found guilty of one count murder.
  • Robert Keavey (DOB: 07/10/1978) was found guilty of one count murder.
  • Andrew Gay (DOB: 28/10/1976) was found guilty of one count of doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public.
  • Nicolas Casey (DOB: 09/08/1960) pleaded guilty to of one count of doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public.
  • David Parsons is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.

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