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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Man guilty of adopted son's murder

A man has today been found guilty of killing his adopted son after he bundled his lifeless body into a car boot.

Retired Colin McSweeny from Thornton Heath was convicted at the Old Bailey of the murder of Shaun McSweeny and jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 14-and-a-half years.

The jury heard that Shaun, who lived with his parents and five-year-old daughter, had been planning on moving into a flat in November 2014. It is thought his parents were unhappy about his decision.

At 8.30pm on Thursday, the 20th of November Shaun sent his girlfriend a text message about his move; she replied but heard nothing further from him.

The court heard that Shaun was unable to send any further texts - because McSweeny had struck him on the head with an iron bar.

And as his body lay in the garage, his parents entertained a family friend.

McSweeny was arrested in the early hours of the following day after police received a call from a member of the public. The witness reported seeing a man attempting to put a body in the River Thames at Deptford Wharf, Deptford.

Officers responding to the call stopped a black Lexus in nearby Evelyn Street.

When asked whether there was anything in the car, McSweeny replied "a body". The lifeless body of 24-year-old Shaun was found in the boot.

A post-mortem examination cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

The iron bar was later discovered in the family’s garage, along with Shaun’s wallet and a number of bloodied tarpaulins.

His van was found parked in Denmark Road, Norwood, approximately one-and-a-half miles from the family home. His mobile phone was inside.

McSweeny was charged with murder on the 21st of November.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

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