Ex-boxer murder: man guilty

A man has been found guilty of the murder of a former champion boxer who was found dismembered in freezers at his home.

Thomas Dunkley had denied murdering ex-WBA light-middleweight boxer Shaun Cummins but admitted preventing his burial.

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Life sentence for man who murdered ex-boxer

Thomas Henry Dunkley, 29, must serve at least 34 years in jail. Credit: Leicestershire Police

A man who murdered ex-boxer Shaun Cummins has been told he must serve at least 34 years in jail.

Superintendent Matt Hewson, the Senior Investigating Officer, said:

This has to be one of the most harrowing murder cases I have dealt with. No murder scene is a pleasant experience but to attend a property and be faced with this particular situation was horrific and disturbing for many involved in the investigation."

“Dunkley is a deceitful, calculated and greedy man. After murdering a man who was not able to fully defend himself, he then slept at his home with his body nearby and returned over a number of days deciding how to dispose of it and cover his tracks._

He then insultingly used Shaun's own money, he was awarded following his terrible accident, to casually buy the equipment to dismember him." _


Defendant claims ex-boxer died in sleep

The trial heard Dunkley had given up his job to look after Cummins, a paraplegic, and that his daily tasks involved shopping, giving Cummins his medications and carrying out banking transactions.

However the court has heard the ex-boxer bullied and threatened him and never paid him a penny, despite promising him money.

Mr Harbage said one motive for the murder may have been for Dunkley to "free himself" of Cummins and the way he "dictated his life" or to "get at Cummins' money".

Dunkley, who the court heard owed around £16,500 to creditors, has admitted a charge of preventing a burial but denies murder.

He claims Cummins died of natural causes in his sleep and that he panicked and chopped him up with a chainsaw.


Jury considering verdict in boxer murder trial

A jury is considering its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering a former champion boxer.

Thomas Dunkley, 29, has denied murdering ex-WBA light-middleweight boxer Shaun Cummins.

During a seven-day trial at Leicester Crown Court, prosecutors alleged Dunkley stole more than £25,000 from Cummins after he murdered and dismembered the 45-year-old and stored his body parts in freezers at his bungalow in Leicester.

The jury heard Dunkley went shopping with Cummins' credit cards in the days after his death, putting down a deposit on a used car and buying clothes from several stores.

Prosecutor William Harbage QC told the court the murder was motivated by money and revenge.

Defence barrister claims insufficient evidence to prove murder

In his closing speech to the jury this morning, defence barrister David Mason QC told Leicester Crown Court there was insufficient evidence to prove that former boxer, Shaun Cummins, was murdered.

The former champion’s body was found inside two freezers at his home in the Saffron Lane area of Leicester last September.

Thomas Dunkley, who is 29, denies murdering Mr Cummins. He has confessed to dismembering Mr Cummins' body and has admitted a charge of preventing a lawful burial.

High court Judge Mrs Justice Dobbs is now summing the case up.

Man on trial for ex-boxer death

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering an ex-boxer from Leicester has been shown CCTV footage of him shopping to buy a freezer, which the prosecution says was used to store body parts.

Thomas Dunkley has confessed to dismembering Shaun Cummin's body. He has admitted a charge of preventing a lawful burial but denies killing him. Watch Rajiv Popat's report.

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