Chelmsford Man Jailed For Murdering Step Grandad

1 August 2017, 13:32 | Updated: 1 August 2017, 13:33

Michael McDonald

A man has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 17 years, for murdering his 78-year-old step-grandfather.

Michael McDonald, 25, of Tennyson Road, Chelmsford, had previously admitted the manslaughter of Brian Hurry but a jury found him guilty of murder on Friday July 28, following a five-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

McDonald was on trial alongside his mother Terri Hurry, 42, of Spring Rise, Galleywood, who was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

The court heard McDonald struck Mr Hurry on the head with a metal bar after seeing his mother appearing to be having sex with her father-in-law, Brian.

McDonald said this event led him to lose control and attack Mr Hurry at his home in Bramwoods Road, Galleywood, in June 2016.

He lured him into the bathroom where he hit him numerous times around the head with the metal bar of a dumbbell.

The court heard Hurry had handed the clothing she wore at the time of the murder to McDonald for disposal.

His girlfriend, Anna Blackwell, 21, of Tennyson Road, Chelmsford, previously admitted a charge or perverting the course of justice. Blackwell had given a false alibi, claiming he had been with her at the time of the murder.

All three were sentenced today.

McDonald was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 17 years.

Hurry was jailed for three-and-a-half years. Blackwell was handed an 18-month jail term, which was suspended for two years, and given a community order for 100 hours. She was also ordered to pay £500 court costs.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said after the hearing: “Brian Hurry was an innocent victim, who was subjected to a brutal attack by a trusted family member.

“The defendants have not shown any remorse and will now have ample time to reflect on their actions.

“This has been an extremely traumatic investigation for Mr Hurry's family, who have lost a dearly loved father in the most appalling way. My thoughts remain very much with them and while nothing will bring him back, now the court proceedings are over, I hope they can somehow start to rebuild their lives.”