A lifeless body of a 20-year-old woman was found buried face-down with branches in a rivulet near a park in September last year.
Westley Streete, a 20-year-old man of no fixed address has been convicted of raping and murdering his female friend who had “trusted” him to accompany her home. Reports said the victim, Kelly Bunker had last been seen on her way home from a concert in Birmingham.
After a night out to Birmingham celebrating Kelly`s birthday, Streete raped her and covered her body with branches in an attempt to conceal his crime. The murderer had changed his account of what had happened to the victim a number of times before his trial.
At first Streete had claimed that he had left Bunker to walk home alone, then later alleged at trial that he “accidentally killed her” during consensual sex in Wigginton Park.
In previous years, the 20-year-old had been convicted of two other counts of rape, threes counts of sexual assault and a charge of sexual activity with a child, against three other victims.
Bunker`s partially submerged body had been discovered by her own uncle, Jason Brown, following an immense search effort involving family, friends and the police. Mr Brown described how he saw hair and “an arm with a bracelet on”, and “just started shouting: `No!`
The same day after concealing Bunker`s body, Mr Brown ran into Streete who lied about where he had last seen his niece. “Swear down,” he told Mr Brown.
When the jurors asked him about using the deceit Streete replied: “I couldn’t tell him that I’d slept with her and accidentally strangled her – I just went with it.”
The jury convicted Wesley Streete of Keeley Bunker`s rape and murder.