Local News & Archive — July 7, 2017 at 3:06 pm — Updated: July 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm

David Kingsbury murder: three jailed for assisting killer


(l-r): Stephen Cody, Colin Lyness, Thomas Revatto

Three Colwyn Bay men have been jailed for assisting the killer of David Kingsbury.

Stephen Cody (53), was sentenced to 27 months in prison after he admitted assisting his son, Dean Cody, who was jailed for life for stabbing the unemployed labourer in the heart in Old Colwyn last January.

Colin Lyness (31) pleaded guilty to driving a Vauxhall Astra which carried Cody along Wellington Road on the night of the murder – he was sentenced to 22 months.

A jury at Caernarfon Crown Court found Thomas Revatto (50) guilty of carrying items from the car to a house on Belgrave Road and was jailed for eighteen months.

The court heard all three men had previous convictions. Cody, who had over 51 convictions since 1975, had tried to dispose the car in an effort to remove evidence which would implicate his son in the attack on Mr Kingsbury. It was recovered by police three days later.

Lyness, whose 38 convictions included assault and dishonesty, was said to have driven the Astra under Dean Cody’s directions. He was believed to be in no doubt that Mr Kingsbury was attacked with intent.

Revatto, who had previously been convicted of drug dealing, was said to have only become involved by chance of being Lyness’ friend. It was accepted his involvement was limited but he went along with taking items out of the Astra.

The defences all expressed remorse from the three men. Cody was said to have acted through ”loyalty and stupidity” while Lyness had expected an inevitable jail sentence and Revatto insisted he was a ”follower and not a leader” although he accepted no credit from denying the charges.

Mr Justice Griffith-Williams told all three men: ”The assistance you each provided was limited to the removal of the Corsa motorcar as a preparatory act to its disposal. While each of you must have thought the car would have furthered the police inquiry by implicating Dean Cody, the fact is it would not have done and so the police investigation was not impeded once it had been recovered on January 8. It follows the interests of justice were not thwarted.”

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