05 Aug Man guilty of raping and murdering childhood friend who ‘trusted’ him after night out | UK News
A man has been convicted of raping and murdering a childhood friend who had “trusted” him to walk her home after her birthday night out.
Wesley Streete, 20, had claimed he had consensual sex with Keeley Bunker and that he had “accidentally killed her” while holding her neck.
Her body was found concealed in a brook in Wiggington Park, Tamworth, Staffordshire, on 19 September last year.
Streete repeatedly lied about what had happened to the 20-year-old as they made their way home, changing his account at least four times before trial at Stafford Crown Court.
He claimed he had done so because he was “scared” and “embarrassed” by her death.
Streete had initially claimed he had left Ms Bunker to walk home alone.
A search was launched when Ms Bunker failed to return home from a rap music concert at Birmingham’s O2 Institute, causing her family to become increasingly worried.
Ms Bunker’s uncle, Jason Brown, discovered her partially submerged body.
A nearby witness described Mr Brown’s cries of alarm as “the most horrendous scream or shout I’ve ever heard in my life”.
After the killing, Streete returned to the scene five times, covering her body with more branches.
The jury, returning verdicts on Wednesday, convicted Streete in just over eight hours.
He will be sentenced on Friday.