Two men have today been jailed for life for the murder of New Arley Man Greg Kelly who was found with serious head injuries in the middle of a road in Mancetter, North Warwickshire.
On 25 March 2017, Mr 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 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.
On hearing the commotion, 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 today 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 sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment.
David Parsons, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, 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.”