Men sentenced in connection with Atherstone Murder

April 13, 2018

FOLLOWING an investigation by Warwickshire Police, two men have been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a man from New Arley.

Two further men have also been sentenced for attempting to pervert the course of justice; including one man from Tamworth.

In March, Robert Keavey, 39, of Princess Road, Atherstone, and Phillip Picken, 56, of Manor Road, Mancetter, were found guilty of murdering 26-year-old Greg Kelly.

Phillip Picken
Sentenced: Phillip Picken
Sentenced: Robert Keavey
Sentenced: Robert Keavey

On 25 March 2017 at 9:25 pm, police responded to a report that Greg had been run over by Keavey and then attacked with a weapon by Picken on Manor Road, Atherstone. The incident followed a row between Greg and Picken.

They discovered Greg with serious injuries to his head, arms and legs. He died from his injuries five days later in hospital.

Keavey and Picken were later arrested and charged with his murder.

Keavey and Picken were sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 18 years each.

Also sentenced today were Andrew Gay, 41, of Manor Road, Atherstone, and Nicholas Casey, 57, of Victoria Road, Tamworth, who were both convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice. They assisted Keavey and Picken following the incident.

Andrew Gay
Andrew Gay
Nicholas Casey
Nicholas Casey

Gay was sentenced to four years in prison.

Casey was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Following the sentencing, the officer in the case, Detective Sergeant Andy Denny of the Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit said: “Despite the evidence against them, Keavey and Picken denied that they intended to kill Greg which meant his family had to endure uncertainty while we investigated the murder and it went to trial.

“Our thoughts today are with Greg’s family and I would like to thank them for their support throughout the investigation and trial.”

Murdered: Greg Kelly
Murdered: Greg Kelly