Labourer who beat man to death jailed indefinitely for the protection of public

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Duane Bellamy Duane Bellamy

A builder’s labourer who savagely beat a man to death with a pickaxe handle in a street fight has been branded a public danger and jailed indefinitely.

Duane Bellamy, 24, must spend at least three years and 341 days behind bars before he can even be considered for parole.

He was caught on camera striking Jason Seed on the head six times with the weapon in broad daylight in Guardhouse Avenue, Braithwaite, Keighley, on February 15.

The 10.30am violence was witnessed by horrified women and children, Mr Justice Maddison said at Manchester Crown Court yesterday.

The judge sentenced Bellamy to imprisonment for the protection of the public. He cannot be released until he is no longer considered a serious risk of causing significant harm to the public.

Bellamy, of Braithwaite Drive, Braithwaite, Keighley, was convicted by a jury at Leeds Crown Court in July of the manslaughter of Mr Seed. He was cleared of his murder.

The court watched close-up CCTV footage of Bellamy clubbing Mr Seed, 44, of Upper Rushton Road, Fagley, Bradford, as he lay prone in the sunny street.

Bellamy had taken ecstasy and homemade diazepam tablets the night before.

Footage played to the jury of them fighting showed Mr Seed wielding a plank and Bellamy armed with a branch. They also threw a lump of concrete at one another.

When a pickaxe handle was thrown to Mr Seed, Bellamy grabbed it.

He repeatedly struck Mr Seed who died from severe head injuries.

After the case, senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Atkinson, said: “We welcome the conviction of Bellamy today for what was a horrific display of savage and brutal violence in broad daylight which has cost Jason his life.

“Behaviour of this kind is not what any of us would expect to see on our streets and has rightly resulted in the conviction of this man.

“CCTV was a crucial factor in this enquiry, helping us establish the circumstances of this incident and prove Bellamy’s involvement in the incident.

“Our thoughts are with Jason’s family who now at least know justice has been secured for him.

“We hope this conviction will reassure the people of Keighley that those who think it is acceptable to behave in this fashion in their community will be sent where they belong, behind bars.”

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