Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Brothers jailed for macabre murder

John Grainger was severely beaten, hit on the head with a hammer, shot in the knee and then in the head at point blank range

Two brothers have been jailed for life for the murder of a man whose decapitated body was set alight in a town centre.

John Grainger, 33 was severely beaten, hit on the head with a hammer, stabbed in the legs, shot in the knee and then in the head at point blank range at a flat in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

After he was gunned down with a sawn-off shotgun, his body was taken to the bathroom where his body was decapitated with an electric jigsaw, a jury at Manchester Crown Court was told.

Joseph Jenkins, 30, denied murder but was convicted of the offence. His brother, Anthony 31, had pleaded guilty to the same charge at an earlier hearing.

Joseph Jenkins was jailed for a minimum of 32 years and Anthony Jenkins for a minimum of 30 years.

Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC said the body of Mr Grainger was put in a holdall and the head placed in a bag which Joseph and Anthony Jenkins carried from the scene of the murder at the brothers' flat in Covent Gardens.

They took a can of petrol with them which was used to set alight the body of Mr Grainger in nearby Wellington Street in the early hours of January 26 this year.

Following sentence, senior investigating officer Andy Tattersall from the Major Incident Team said: "The Jenkins brothers put Mr Grainger through a horrifically violent and cruel attack before shooting him. What followed was nothing short of macabre."

Chief Superintendent Chris Sykes from Greater Manchester Police's Stockport Division said: "The gap left by Mr Grainger's untimely death has proved impossible to fill but I hope this sentence goes a little way in helping his loved ones get on with their lives.

"The officer who was initially at the scene and his colleague displayed intuition and professionalism which led to two dangerous individuals being located and arrested at a very early stage before we were aware of Mr Grainger's murder."

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