The cold-blooded murderer who stabbed a man in the back of his head with a spiked garden tool in something like “a scene from a horror movie” has been jailed for life.
Stephen Beach will confront a minimum of 25 years and 104 days in prison before he can already be considered for release.
His getaway driver, Luke Teague, who watched what was happening from his car, had also been convicted of murder was also jailed for life.
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He will be behind bars for at the minimum 20 years and 104 days before he can be considered for parole.
They were jailed at Grimsby Crown Court after both of them were convicted by a jury of the brutal murder of Stephen Bellamy – already though it was only Beach who truly attacked him.
The victim fell to the ground and Beach quickly got into Teague’s car before they drove away and later abandoned and burned out the car in far away countryside.
Beach, 39, of Ashbourne Court, Scunthorpe, and Teague, 39, of Runswick Road, Grimsby, denied murdering Mr Bellamy on April 26.
But they were both convicted by a jury at Hull Crown Court after a two-week trial in December.
Beach admitted a lesser charge of manslaughter but Teague denied that offence.
Teague admitted assisting an offender by driving Beach away from the scene and destroying the car by fire after the murder.
They both showed no emotion as they were led from the obtain dock but loud shouting, cheering and swearing broke out from the people in court.
Beach was wearing an open-necked, long-sleeved striped shirt.
Teague was smartly dressed and wearing a dark blue suit, shirt and a tie.
They were both handcuffed during the hearing following an application by the custody officers.
estimate John Thackray QC branded the murder “savage” and “cowardly” and said it was like “a scene from a horror movie”.
The prosecution claimed during the trial that Beach got out of a car pushed by Teague and ran up to Mr Bellamy while holding, “like a javelin”, a pronged, long-handled metal tiller.
Beach stabbed Mr Bellamy in the head from behind with the large garden tool that went “straight by his skull into his brain”.
He is said to have used it as part of a “revenge” attack in Rutland Street, Grimsby, on April 24 after an earlier argument with the victim.
Beach got back into the car and was pushed away by “getaway driver” Teague the court was told.
Mr Bellamy, 33, suffered a fractured skull and bleeding and swelling on the brain. He died of his injuries two days after the confrontation.
Teague’s burned-out car was found on a track off North Lane, Stainton-le-Vale, between Thoresway and Binbrook. It was identified from its chassis number.
There had been past problems between Beach and Mr Bellamy in the past from when they were both in prison, it was claimed.
Beach claimed during his defence evidence that he grabbed a garden tool in Blundell method that was long enough so he could “keep him under control with it” later.
“I had no plans with it all,” he claimed.
“I was hoping that we would just see each other, stand and talk and resolve the problem peacefully.”
He arrived with Teague in the car, got out while holding the garden tool and lined it up at “confront height”.
He claimed: “I was in fear. I got scared. I just wanted to try to sort things out typically and peacefully.”
Beach claimed: “I had that for protection because he tried to attack me.”
He denied wanting to stab Mr Bellamy with the spiked garden tool.
“If I was thinking of stabbing somebody, I would get a knife, not that,” said Beach.
“I lifted it up while I ran. As I got nearer, I started to line it up.
“I honestly thought I hit him in the side of the head with the thing. It didn’t look like it went in. It was so quick.
“He turned round, took a few steps, I took a few steps back. He started shouting, going mad. He was just going mad.”
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