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'Keep Keighley killer locked up' plea after fatal attack
A builder’s labourer who savagely beat a man to death with a pickaxe handle in a Keighley street 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.
But this week a local town councillor said it would be “outrageous” if Bellamy was back on the streets after just four years.
“He’s taken a life and should have a minimum of 15 years,” said Coun Brian Morris, who represents Guard House and was born and brought up on the estate.
“The danger won’t go away in four years.”
Adrian Farley, a Bradford councillor whose ward includes the estate, said courts had to work within sentencing guidelines.
He added: “We have to send a message that this behaviour must not be tolerated on the streets of Keighley.”
Fellow Bradford councillor Jan Smithies said she had spoken with several residents who were confused about why Bellamy had received that level of sentence.
She added: “We have to trust that the courts had the full information about the incident and the person involved and they made the best decision on the evidence.”
Bellamy was caught on camera striking Jason Seed on the head six times with the weapon in broad daylight in Guardhouse Avenue, Braithwaite, on February 15.
The 10.30am violence was witnessed by horrified women and children, Mr Justice Maddison said at Manchester Crown Court on Friday. 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, 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 CCTV footage of Bellamy clubbing Mr Seed, 44, of Upper Rushton Road, Fagley, Bradford, as he lay in the 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, 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 inquiry, helping us establish the circumstances of this incident and prove Bellamy's involvement.
“Our thoughts are with Jason's family who now at least know justice has been secured for him.”