A grieving 83-year-old dad stated the lads who killed his solely son by utilizing “excessive torture” in Liverpool have been “nothing however animals”.
Father-of-one Joseph McKeever was crushed to dying after being kidnapped and held captive earlier than his physique was present in a burnt-out automobile in Everton in June final yr.
Three males have been convicted of killing the 54-year-old, Jamie Grimes, 22, was discovered responsible of homicide and Darren Colecozy, 23, and Karl Kelly, 32, have been convicted of manslaughter.
Colecozy and Kelly have been additionally discovered responsible of false imprisonment whereas Dylan Owen, 23, was discovered responsible of aiding an offender however cleared of false imprisonment, homicide and manslaughter.
Throughout a four-week trial Liverpool Crown Court docket was instructed how McKeever’s physique was found in the boot of a stolen Ford Focus ST.
The courtroom was instructed that McKeever suffered two damaged kneecaps, damaged ribs, damaged eye sockets, a extreme head damage and had been strangled with a ligature, reported the Liverpool Echo.
The horrific beating was in comparison with movies that depicted violence in drug dealing dramas by one of many assailants, the courtroom was instructed.
McKeever’s father, Joseph McKeever senior, stated he would “always remember” the day police instructed him his son was useless.
“A person of 83 years mustn’t have to listen to the information I obtained. It needs to be my son burying me,” he stated in keeping with the Echo.
“I assumed possibly he had met a pleasant woman and was glad. I had been calling his house handle, however I by no means obtained a response.
“I by no means in 1,000,000 years believed that he had been murdered, put in a automobile and the automobile set on hearth.
“My son, Joseph didn’t should die on this approach. My life won’t ever ever be the identical. I miss him a lot.”
The courtroom was instructed that the sufferer was final seen with Grimes, Owen and two different males at MGM motors in Brecon Road, Kensington, the place the assault started.
The jury was instructed that McKeever was attacked for 4 hours earlier than he was moved to a flat rented by Colecozy the place he died later that night.
The courtroom was instructed that McKeever was focused after he didn’t ship £130,000 ($182,000) of hashish from Spain for Grimes.
Rachael Barber, from the Crown Prosecution Service, stated McKeever had been topic to “excessive torture” earlier than he died.
McKeever snr stated his son was an avid Everton fan who had a trial at Birmingham Metropolis FC earlier than changing into an property agent.
He stated: “He by no means deserved this. No person, irrespective of who, deserves this. However Joseph was my solely little one, my solely son.
“I learn solely yesterday they considered chopping my son up and disposing of him. Who might try this? They’re nothing however animals.”
All 4 males can be sentenced on Thursday (15 February).