20th Oct, 2017

Life sentence for drunken killing

Coventry Editorial 25th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A MAN has been jailed for life after being found guilty of killing his friend at a flat following a city centre drinking session.

Jason O’Brien beat Michael Carrielies to death on November 28 at Meadow House on Upper Spon Street before asking a local shopkeeper to call an ambulance.

Police later arrested 39-year-old O’Brien at the scene and a post-mortem revealed Mr Carrielies died as a result of multiple injuries.

O’Brien denied murder but was convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday and was told he would serve at least 17 years before being considered for release.

Detective Inspector Ian Iliffe said: “We will never know exactly what happened inside Meadow House on that morning, or why O’Brien brutally killed his friend Michael.

“My hope is the verdict and sentence brings some closure to his family who I know are heartbroken at their loss.”

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