Braunstone man found guilty of killing his girlfriend’s uncle

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Nathan Kearney “…tried to destroy evidence”

A Braunstone man has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend’s uncle, before dumping his body in a wheelie bin.

On Wednesday 19th August, Nathan Kearney, 33, of Gooding Avenue, Braunstone, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Bill Tomlinson following a two and a half week trial at Leicester Crown Court.

He had already pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by destroying or concealing evidence.

Police were called shortly after 8am on Saturday 21st February 2015 by members of the public concerned that Emma Tomlinson and her boyfriend Nathan Kearney were involved in the disappearance of 64-year-old William Tomlinson, known as Bill, a few days earlier.

Officers arrested Emma Tomlinson, 24, of St Stephens Road, Leicester, and Kearney, and began a thorough forensic search at the address in St Stephens Road, Leicester.

On 23rd February Bill?s body was found by the police in a wheelie bin which had been left on waste ground behind shops on Abingdon Road.

Rubbish had been piled on top of him and an attempt had been made to set the bin on fire. The bin also contained a kitchen knife.

The post-mortem examination revealed he had been strangled and sustained a knife wound to his neck.

At an earlier hearing, Emma Tomlinson, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and admitted to being involved in cleaning the scene of the death and the disposal and hiding of the body.

During the trial she was acquitted of a charge of murder.

Both Kearney and Tomlinson are expected to be sentenced on 21st September.

Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth, who led the investigation said:

“This was a brutal killing which was carried out by Kearney, with Tomlinson present throughout. The pair then set about cleaning the flat and disposing of his body.

“In a bid to destroy evidence Kearney first set fire to bin and he and Emma Tomlinson later moved it out onto the street on collection day, presumably hoping Bill would not be discovered. To be killed in such a despicable manner is bad enough but Bill?s family have also had to hear how after this, he was callously dumped in a council wheelie bin, set alight and finally abandoned on waste ground for almost a week. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”

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