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Coventry pair jailed for murder of pensioner

Coventry Editorial 9th Feb, 2024 Updated: 9th Feb, 2024   0

A WOMAN and a teenage boy have been jailed for murder after luring a pensioner to his death in Coventry last summer.

Antoinette Sheppard and Kieron Spicer murdered Michael Brady at an address on Bowness Close on June 18.

Spicer, now aged 17, has been allowed to be named by the judge at sentencing, following a prosecution application.

Sheppard, 44, has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years while Spicer was sentenced to 18 years.

The court heard how Sheppard befriended Mr Brady, who was 74 at the time of his death.

The pair then lured him to Sheppard’s home.




 


CCTV showed Mr Brady entering Sheppard’s address shortly after 6pm, after which the pair inflicted a horrific series of injuries on him.

After killing Mr Brady, the pair put his body in a large TV box and dragged it to an external shed to hide.

They then stole Mr Brady’s bank card, taking it to a nearby shop and withdrawing more than £300 to buy alcohol.

Following concerns from members of the public, police were called to the address and police found the body.

This led to Sheppard’s arrest, and Spicer was arrested later on.

During an interview, both suspects blamed each other for Mr Brady’s death, claiming they each tried to stop the other.

During their trial, phone messages were shown in which Sheppard and Spicer discussed inflicting violence on someone.

One message from Spicer said: “I am on one. I am going to hurt people.”

Spicer phoned Sheppard at this time and, when officers answered, said: “If you want to speak to me, you’ll have to find me.”

Spicer was later found after he told a social worker he had been asked to hide a body.

The court heard how Sheppard groomed Spicer to commit offences and how neither defendant showed any remorse.

A victim statement from Mr Brady’s family said: “We do not understand; nor will we ever understand the violence shown to my dad, a vulnerable, ailing, gentle man who trusted people.

“Telling my family, friends, and work colleagues that my dad had been murdered was surreal and devastating.

“The words feeling foreign when they left my mouth. It is still difficult now to say the words out loud.

“Before all of this my dad was a kind man, generous and hardworking, he loved to laugh and had many friends.”

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