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Five charged with assisting an offender in Callum Lees murder

Sarah Mason 5th Feb, 2019 Updated: 5th Feb, 2019

THREE men and two women have been charged with assisting murderer James Atherley.

Callum Lees, aged 20, was stabbed in the neck at a house party in Hopwas Grove, Kingshurst on August 6 2017 and was found collapsed in nearby Haselour Road.

Atherley, from Wells Road in Sheldon, was aged 22 when he was convicted of Callum’s murder last August and was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

The following have been charged with assisting an offender and are due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow (Wednesday, February 6):

Kelly Palmer, aged 40 from Letitia Avenue in Solihull.

Zac Palmer, aged 22 from Fallowfield Avenue in Solihull.

Kelly Casey, aged 38 from Letitia Avenue in Solihull.

Cian Murphy, aged 22 from Colesbourne Road in Solihull.

Brad Hope, aged 21 from Lyndon Road, Fenheam in Newcastle.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough from West Midlands Police’s homicide team, said: “Callum’s family has been kept fully updated with this development.”

Callum left the party following the incident in the early hours and died later in hospital.

Atherley went on the run and was arrested a week later.

Following Callum’s death his family said: “Everyone who knew him only had good words to say.

“Our world has been shattered and will never be the same again.

“We love you Callum.”

Flowers laid at the scene by Anaia carried the message: “You were the best big brother Cal I’m missing you already. Lots of love always, your princess.”

Another simply read: “You will be missed so much. We love you always. Love Nanny Rose xx”


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