Wesley Streete, 20, was told he must serve a minimum of 29 years as he was jailed for life for raping and murdering his ‘friend’ Keeley Bunker.
Streete raped Keeley and dumped her body in a brook in Wigginton Park, Tamworth, in September 2019, hiding her under branches. She had earlier been to a concert to celebrate turning 20 and “trusted” the killer to walk her home.
CCTV of Keeley Bunker entering Snobs nightclub prior to her murder
The former warehouse packer was also found guilty of two other counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against three other victims at Stafford Crown Court..
Streete repeatedly lied about what had happened to Keeley after they returned to Tamworth following a night out at Snobs nightclub in Birmingham.
Mobile phone footage of Wesley Streete, 20, in Snobs nightclub prior to raping and murdering Keeley Bunker
Sentencing Streete, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said the killer formed a “carefully crafted” scheme of falsehoods following his crime, tailored to fit the evidence.
Before leaving to go home Keeley told a female pal: “I’ve got Wes, he’ll walk me back. It’ll be fine.” But this could not have been further from the truth.
Keeley Bunker dancing in Snobs nightclub, prior to her murder
Keeley’s uncle, Jason Brown, found her partially-submerged body during a massive search effort involving family, friends and police.
Police bodycam footage of Wesley Streete in the back of a police car as an officer asks him to hand over his mobile phone
Streete told police he had left her to walk home alone as he was driven around in the back of a marked police car, retracing the route with officers and pointing out where they parted.
He was to change his account at least four times before his case came to trial, and in court said he had accidentally killed her during sex.
CCTV of the movements of Wesley Streete and Keeley Bunker dancing with her killer at Snobs nightclub
The judge told Streete he had repeatedly lied about what had happened to Keeley after they returned to Tamworth following a night out at the nightclub.
He said he was “satisfied you persuaded Keeley to divert to the rugby club, probably on the pretext of going for a smoke”.
Police bodycam footage of Wesley Streete in the back of a police car as he is told he is now being arrested for the murder of Keeley Bunker
“What took place in Wigginton Park is you proceeded to rape Keeley Bunker, in the course of which you murdered her by throttling her, in all probability by placing her in a choke-hold for sufficient period of time to kill her”.
A choke-hold that lasted “minutes, rather than seconds”.
“When you had finished with her you decided to hide Keeley’s now lifeless body by depositing it in the brook, covering it up with branches. You then walked back to your home, went to bed and slept.”
The judge said Keeley, who planned to be a classroom assistant, had not only “lost the opportunity of fulfilling her life ambition, helping to educate young children,” but her family had “lost the company of their beloved daughter, sister and niece”.
He told Streete the starting point for his sentence would be a minimum of 30 years, but reduced the tariff to 29 years and 46 days, to allow for time already served.
“You may never be released,” the judge said, “as that will only occur if and when the Parole Board is satisfied it is no longer necessary for the protection of the public that you should be confined. Even if you are released, you will remain on licence and subject to recall for life.”
Wesley Streete in custody
Following sentencing, senior case officer, Det Insp Cheryl Hannan, said: “This devious and manipulative character, someone who repeatedly lied and targeted young women, is now behind bars and I am grateful to every single person who helped us reach this conclusion.
“I welcome the outcome of this week’s conviction and today’s sentencing and hope it will bring some comfort to Keeley’s friends and family.”
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