Brothers who killed sex offender, 85, and left his body in country lane are jailed

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Two brothers who beat a convicted paedophile to death before taking his car and bank card have been jailed for life.

Matthew and Luke Roe killed 85-year-old Henry Thwaites, who was friends with their mother, after getting him to drive them to a remote location in Nottinghamshire on July 23 2022.

Mr Thwaites, who had previously served two prison terms for sexual offences against boys under 16, had offered to buy a car for the brothers and believed he was driving them to see a Mercedes on the night they killed him, Nottinghamshire Police said.

The scene of the murder
The scene of Henry Thwaites’s murder (Nottinghamshire Police/PA)

The brothers then took his bank card and used it at cash machines having obtained the correct PIN.

Mr Thwaites’s body was found under a metal fence by a member of the public the next morning and Matthew, 25, and Luke, 34, were arrested after police found them driving Mr Thwaites’s car less than an hour after he was reported missing.

Luke Roe, of Potter Street, Worksop, and Matthew Roe, of Franklin Road, Jacksdale, were convicted of murder on May 26 following a nine-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Matthew was also found guilty of four counts of fraud by false representation in relation to Mr Thwaites’s bank card, while the jury found Luke guilty of one count of fraud by false representation.

Luke Roe
Luke Roe will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison after being convicted of murder (Nottinghamshire Police/PA)

After the murder, the brothers travelled to the home of Abby Dixon, 27, who was in a sexual relationship with Luke, in Watson Road, where she helped them dispose of clothes in a waste bin.

A jury found Dixon guilty of two counts of assisting an offender and she will be sentenced on June 12.

Matthew Roe
Matthew Roe was given a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 24 years (Nottinghamshire Police/PA)

Detective Inspector Kaz Smithson, who led the investigation, said: “This was a brutal and cowardly assault on a frail and vulnerable 85-year-old man.

“The murder was premeditated and callous, with Matthew and Luke Roe subjecting Mr Thwaites to a horrific death for their own selfish gain.

“Despite overwhelming evidence, neither brother had the courage to accept responsibility for their sadistic and vile actions, forcing a jury to sit though nine weeks of distressing evidence.

“Matthew claimed he was too drunk to remember the night in question and I am pleased jurors saw through his lies. Luke wasn’t even brave enough to go in the witness box.

“They have shown no remorse whatsoever and our communities are undoubtedly safer with them behind bars.”

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