Chilling moment pitchfork killer bears down on victim: Final seconds of man’s life is caught on CCTV before former prison-mate plunged garden tool into back of his head – as killer and driver accomplice are found guilty of murder
- CCTV shows Stephen Beach running at Stephen Bellamy with tool in Grismby
- Seconds later he plunges the garden fork into the back of the 33-year-old’s head
- Mr Bellamy, from Grimsby, was rushed to hospital, where he died two days later
- Beach, 40, and accomplice Luke Teague, 39, denied murdering Mr Bellamy
- But pair were found guilty of April murder following a trial at Hull Crown Court
This is the chilling moment a garden fork-wielding killer bears down on his victim before brutally stabbing him to death.
CCTV footage shows Stephen Beach running at an unaware Stephen Bellamy prior to the fatal attack in Grimsby in April.
Seconds later Beach, 40, plunges the long-handled garden fork into the back of Mr Bellamy’s head.
Mr Bellamy, 33, who knew Beach from a previous prison stint, died in hospital of his injuries two days later.
Yesterday Beach and his accomplice Luke Teague, 39, who drove Beach to and from the scene of the fatal attack, were found guilty of Mr Bellamy’s murder.
Jury members in the trial at Hull Crown Court had earlier been shown the chilling CCTV footage, which shows Mr Bellamy walking down Rutland Street in Grimsby on April 24.
CCTV footage shows Stephen Beach running at an unaware Stephen Bellamy prior to the fatal attack in Grimsby in April
Seconds later Beach, 40, plunges the long-handled garden fork into the back of Mr Bellamy’s (pictured) head
As Mr Bellamy walks along the street, Beach, wearing a grey tracksuit, is seen getting out the passenger side of a parked Peugeot. Teague, meanwhile, remains in the driver’s seat.
The footage then shows Beach, wielding a long-handled garden fork, jogging towards an unaware Mr Bellamy.
Beach then bears down on Mr Bellamy before moving out of shot of the camera.
Jury members heard that seconds later Beach used the garden tool to stab Mr Bellamy in the back of the head.
Mr Bellamy suffered a fractured skull and bleeding and swelling on the brain. He died of his injuries two days after the attack.
Beach meanwhile escaped in the car with Teague, who watched on as the attack took place.
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.
The court heard the attack was an act of ‘revenge’ after an earlier argument between and Beach and Mr Bellamy.
As Mr Bellamy (pictured) walks along the street, Beach, wearing a grey tracksuit, is seen getting out the passenger side of a parked Peugeot. Teague, meanwhile, remains in the driver’s seat
There had been previous problems between the pair 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 Avenue that was long enough so he could ‘keep him at bay 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 ‘face height’.
He claimed: ‘I was in fear. I got scared. I just wanted to try to sort things out normally 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.
Beach (pictured left), 39, of Ashbourne Court, Scunthorpe, and Teague (pictured right), 39, of Runswick Road, Grimsby, denied murdering Mr Bellamy. Beach admitted a lesser charge of manslaughter but Teague denied that offence. But they were both convicted or murder by a jury at Hull Crown Court after a trial.
‘He turned round, took a few steps, I took a few steps back. He started shouting, going mad. He was just going mad.’
Beach, 39, of Ashbourne Court, Scunthorpe, and Teague, 39, of Runswick Road, Grimsby, denied murdering Mr Bellamy.
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.
But they were both convicted or murder by a jury at Hull Crown Court after a trial.
Yesterday the pair were told they will both be handed life sentences for the killing.
Judge John Thackray QC told them: ‘You have been convicted by the jury of murder. You will both receive life imprisonment.’
The length of the minimum term that they must serve in prison would be decided at the next hearing after submissions by the barristers.
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