A 32-YEAR-OLD man from Barnsley has been jailed for life for the murder of a Rotherham man who was found to have suffered 41 external injuries.
Garry Count, of Wombwell, received a minimum term of 16 years at Sheffield Crown Court, and Kerry Musgrave, 31, also from Wombwell, was sentenced to 18 months for perverting the course of justice, said South Yorkshire Police.
Count and Musgrave previously pleaded guilty to the offences on November 21.
Police were called to an address in Bartholomew Street, Wombwell on July 20, and found the body of 41-year-old Shane Beadling from Rawmarsh, Rotherham.
Following a post-mortem examination, the provisional cause of death was announced as multiple injuries.
Detective Inspector Kevin Brown, the senior investigating officer in the case, said: “This was a brutal and bloody sustained attack by Garry Count on Shane Beadling.
“Mr Beadling suffered 41 external injuries together with fractures to his jaw, nose and two skull fractures.
“Whilst the injuries were severe it is felt that Mr Beadling may have still been alive when Count and Musgrave left the house. Instead of obtaining medical assistance for Mr Beadling both Count and Musgrave attempted to cover their tracks.”
A statement from Shane Beadling’s family said: “Shane’s family acknowledge the guilty plea of Garry Count and Kerry Musgrave and are relieved that they will now not have to endure the ordeal of a trial. The family would like to thank South Yorkshire Police, for their help and support during this difficult time.”
“No sentence, however long will bring back Shane. We only hope that Count and Musgrave use their time in prison to reflect on the damage their actions have caused.”