3 men guilty of killing rapist

Three men have been found guilty of beating a convicted child sex offender to death and then burying him in a shallow grave in woodland.

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The killers who took a sex offender's money and buried him in a suitcase

On the day of his death, Benjamin Walter took Geoffrey Reed to the Nationwide Building Society to withdraw money out of his account. When they returned to the flat it was the last time Mr Reed was seen alive.

The CPS said: "While it is true that Mr Reed was a convicted sex offender this cannot justify the brutal attack on him and from which he died.”

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Three guilty of murder after body was buried in suitcase

Stuart
Stuart Wareham: guilty Credit: Dorset Police
Lee
Lee Wareham: guilty Credit: Dorset Police
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Benjamin Walter: guilty Credit: Dorset Police

Three men who killed a Boscombe man and then buried him in a shallow grave in woodland have been convicted of murder at Winchester Crown Court today.

Stuart Raymond Wareham of Bournemouth, aged 26, his half-brother Lee Raymond Wareham, 33, and 22-year-old Benjamin Henry Walter, both of no fixed abode, killed Geoffrey Reed in his flat in Cecil Road, Boscombe, on Thursday June 7 2012.

On Sunday June 10 2012 Dorset Police received a report that Geoffrey Reed was missing from his flat. The circumstances were suspicious and it was believed, but not confirmed, that he may have been killed.

On Wednesday June 13 2012 Mr Reed’s body was excavated from a shallow grave in woods. He had been buried in a large suitcase and had suffered horrendous injuries.

An inquest into the death of Geoffrey Reed, who was originally from Doncaster, was opened and adjourned at Bournemouth Coroner's Court. Evidence was heard that the 57-year-old died from multiple blunt force injuries.

During the trial, evidence of Mr Reed’s previous sexual offending was publicised but addressing the jury the judge, The Honourable Mr. Justice Griffith Williams, said: “All human life has value and Geoffrey Reed is entitled to the same justice as victims whose reputations are exemplary."