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Cousins jailed over murder of great-uncle

JAILED: Aaron Woolcock, left, and Kerry Donovan

TWO COUSINS have been jailed for their roles in the fatal stabbing of their great-uncle.

Kerry Donovan, 29, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 27 years for the murder of 66-year-old Leroy Junior Edwards.

Aaron Woolcock, 30, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for Edwards' manslaughter.

Both had been found guilty on Tuesday, 19 March, following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Donovan was found guilty of murder, while Woolcock was found not guilty of Edwards' murder, but guilty of his manslaughter.

The killing happened at Edwards' home in Lewisham in the early hours of the morning on Saturday, 18 August, 2018.

An argument took place, between Donovan and Woolcock, both distant relatives of Edwards, and he was stabbed several times with a large knife before Donovan and Woolcock fled the scene.

A neighbour reported hearing banging coming from upstairs and on leaving his flat found a trail of blood leading to Edwards’ door.

He was taken to a south London hospital where he died a short time later as a result of stab wounds to the neck and chest.

Police enquiries revealed that Donovan was in financial difficulties and was a habitual user of Class A and B drugs.

During sentencing, judge Nicholas Heathcote-Williams said the pair’s motive had been to rob Edwards.

He also said that Donavan had had an “inappropriate and unwise” sexual relationship with Edwards during adulthood, BBC News reported.

DS Brian Jones, of the Met's homicide and major crime command, said: "We may never know exactly why Mr Edwards was killed. Whatever the motive, it resulted in the senseless death of a family man of good character in the home where he had lived for over 25 years. His family described him as a 'quiet, non-confrontational man who liked to be at home.

"Woolcock and Donovan now face the consequences of their actions and I hope their conviction and prison sentence will provided some solace to Mr Edward's family and friends."

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