1. ITV Report

Men sentenced following brutal murder in Coventry

Drew Thorpe (l) and Stephen Weeks (r) Credit: West Midlands Police

Two men who beat another man to death following an argument have been convicted of murder and given life sentences in prison following a trial at Warwick Crown Court.

Drew Thorpe, aged 19 of Hollis Road, Stoke, Coventry and Stephen Weeks, aged 48, of Hugh Road, Stoke, Coventry were handed 12 years and 16 years sentences respectively, with minimum parole, after pleading not guilty to the murder of Lee Brooks on Wednesday 24 May.

Lee, aged 36, was attacked at Stephen Weeks home on the morning of Friday 26 August last year.

He was found by officers at around 6:10am with life-threatening injuries following a call from a neighbour who heard people arguing and someone screaming.

Lee died a few days later on 31 August from significant head injuries. He’d been staying at Weeks home on the night he was attacked as he did from time to time.

Following the trial Detective Sergeant Michelle Kiedron, from Force CID, said:

This is a tragic case where a man has lost his life in an horrific and brutal attack.

Summing up, Judge Griffiths-Jones commented that this was sustained savagery in the face of agonising screams from the victim. He also said that he believed there was a settled intention between the two defendants to kill Lee Brooks using weapons.

Lee’s family were at court throughout the trail and remain devastated, our specialist officers continue to support them.

– Detective Sergeant Michelle Kiedron