Sixth Man Convicted of Liverpool Torture Murder

A man who went on the run after the brutal torture of an associate has been jailed for life. Lee Knox, 43, formerly of Canal View, Melling was convicted by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court on 22nd January 2020. He had been identified as the leader of an organised crime group that tortured as associate, Joseph McKeever, 54, as a reprisal. Mr McKeever’s body was found in a burned-out car in the Anfield area of the city. The role of five other men in these events had been established in earlier trials. But Knox initially evaded justice by fleeing to Spain. A European Arrest Warrant was issued. Ultimately Knox was discovered living under a false identity in Belfast. In April he was arrested and sent for trial. Sentencing Knox, the Recorder of Liverpool, HHJ Menary QC, identified Knox as the leader of the gang who were responsible for the killing of Mr McKeever. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years to serve. Tim Storrie QC appeared for the prosecution, together with Anya Horwood of Exchange Chambers for Rachael Barber at the CPS Mersey and Cheshire Complex Case Unit. To read more follow the links below: