Geoffrey Reed: Three guilty of child rapist murder

From right to left - Stuart Wareham, Lee Wareham and Benjamin Walter
Image caption Stuart Wareham, Lee Wareham and Benjamin Walter had denied murder

Three men who killed a sex offender and buried him in a suitcase in a shallow grave have been convicted of murder.

Stuart Wareham, 25, his half-brother Lee Wareham, 33, and Benjamin Walter, 22, beat Geoffrey Reed to death after discovering he was a sex offender, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Reed, 57, from Bournemouth, had served 10 years for raping two vulnerable people, including a child.

His body was found last June in woods near Lytchett Matravers, Dorset.

Reed had been sharing a one-bedroom apartment with Stuart Wareham in a homeless hostel in Cecil Road, Boscombe.

'Chequered past'

The prosecution alleged the half-brothers, along with Walter, murdered Reed at the flat before taking his body to the woodland.

Image caption Geoffrey Reed's body was found in a suitcase buried in woodland

Reed's body was found by police sniffer dogs a few days later. A post-mortem examination revealed he had died from several severe blows.

After the verdict, Det Insp Stewart Balmer of Dorset Police said the three men "did their best to cover up their actions" by pretending Reed was missing.

"Nobody is entitled to take the law into their own hands and everyone has a right to life.

"Mr Reed may have had a chequered past but regardless of this nobody deserves to die in such a violent manner," he said.

The three men are due to be sentenced on Thursday.

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