Human remains found near a building site in Nottingham have been identified as belonging to a man who was murdered eight years ago.
A human skull, parts of two arms, hands and a jaw were found by police in scrubland in the Sneinton area on September 28 this year.
Initial investigations suggested the bones may have been linked to the murder of Kevin Kennedy which took place at the same spot in 2012, NottinghamshireLive reports
Now DNA analysis has confirmed the bones are the previously undiscovered body parts of the 50-year-old, who was killed, dismembered and part-buried in the scrubland.
Mr Kennedy’s armless and headless body was found on August 8, 2012, around three weeks after he was killed.
Peter Healy, then 51, from Sneinton, was convicted of his murder in 2013 and jailed for at least 21 years.
However, until recently, Mr Kennedy’s head and arms had never been recovered by police – despite extensive investigations and searches of the area at the time of his death.
Nottinghamshire Police have confirmed Mr Kennedy’s family have been informed about the DNA analysis results.
Detective Inspector Steve Wragg, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This has been a very distressing time for the family but I hope this confirmation will give them some sense of closure. Our thoughts are very much with them.”
In his trial in 2013, it was revealed that Healy had admitted to a friend that he had killed, dismembered and buried a man following a fight.
The court heard how Kennedy was battered to death by Healy, his girlfriend’s jealous ex-partner, who left him to die in the partner’s home.
He then returned later to chop up the body and dispose of it.
Mr Kennedy’s torso was dumped inside a duvet cover and buried on the scrubland but his arms and head were not recovered until the recent discovery in September.
During the ‘particularly distressing’ murder trial jurors heard Mr Kennedy’s body was found inside the checked duvet cover .
At the time of the case in 2013 there was hope the court proceedings may shed light on where the missing parts were, but Timothy Spencer QC, prosecuting , said: “That hope has been dashed. They will never know where they are.”
After the hearing, Chief Inspector Rob Griffin told how police went to great lengths searching for 50-year-old Mr Kennedy.
A finger-tip search of a landfill site in Newark took six weeks and turned up nothing.
Locations near to the shallow grave where Mr Kennedy lay were examined but all efforts were in vain.
The court was told how Mr Kennedy’s body had been cut up with a carpentry saw and knife before he was left in the shallow grave.
Jurors heard scientific findings suggested Mr Kennedy was assaulted with multiple blows whilst sat in an armchair at the home of Tara Swift, Healy’s ex-partner.
Dilute blood in a back room was consistent with an account that water was thrown over him.
Heavy bloodstaining on a mattress upstairs indicated he had lain there for some time and was partially dismembered there.
A pathologist, who examined Mr Kennedy’s body, could not find an obvious cause of death. He appeared to have been decapitated with a knife and a saw, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
Mr Kennedy, 50, who had lived with his girlfriend Swift at the London Road Project, Nottingham, was last seen alive on CCTV on July 17, 2012, walking toward Rossington Road with a blue carrier bag.
The following day Swift said she told a woman that Healy had been beating up Mr Kennedy and Mr Kennedy had been begging her to call an ambulance.
Swift claimed she was too scared to do so, fearing that if she had called an ambulance, she, too, would have been beaten up by Healy.
“She said Kevin Kennedy had been left at her home and they had locked him in,” said Mr Spencer QC, prosecuting.
The prosecution said that within four hours of the last sighting of Mr Kennedy he had been fatally attacked.
Healy had allegedly been well aware that Mr Kennedy was the new man in Swift’s life.
Mr Spencer said: “The prosecution say Healy was a jealous man. He was aware Tara Swift had taken up with Kevin Kennedy.”
After Healy had been found guilty, Chief Inspector Rob Griffin said: “The only person that knows where the missing body parts are is Peter Healy and unless he tells us they will never be found.
“It is a particularly distressing case for the family.”
Swift was found not guilty of murder but was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. She was jailed for five years.
Giving a statement to the court following the sentencing, Mr Kennedy’s family said: “This has been an extremely difficult and emotional period for the family, which was made worse by the harrowing details of how Kevin came to meet his untimely end.
“As a family we made the decision to sit through the trial, hoping to find answers and some kind of closure.
“We have remained calm and dignified throughout and although this has been hard, it pales into insignificance compared to the pain and suffering Kevin must have endured in the final moments of his life.
“We are all aware that Kevin was no angel but he did not deserve to die like this.
“To compound this Peter Healy and Tara Swift haven’t shown the slightest bit of remorse for their actions.
“It will take us a long time to come to terms with Kevin’s death but the verdicts and today’s sentencing will help us along the way.”