Pair smeared vic­tim’s pri­vates …and let ANTS do the rest

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A FA­THER and son have been found guilty of mur­der­ing a crys­tal meth dealer whose burnt re­mains were found in a for­est.

Stephen John Ar­mitage, 48, and his son Matthew Leslie Ar­mitage, 25, were con­victed by a jury of killing Shaun Barker in late 2013.

The men were also pre­vi­ously found guilty of tor­tur­ing Mr Barker and in­ter­fer­ing with his corpse.

A court was told the pair held Mr Barker in a large por­ta­ble cooler be­fore the slay­ing.

The pros­e­cu­tion had al­leged Mr Barker was tied to a tree with honey smeared on his cock and balls to at­tract ants.

He had fin­gers cut off as he was tor­tured for in­for­ma­tion.

The court heard the older Ar­mitage told a wit­ness: “We smashed his kneecaps in, broke his fin­gers.... smashed his face in. You wouldn’t even recog­nise him.”

The re­port said both men, from Cooloola Cove, two hours north of Bris­bane, Australia, cried out after the ver­dict, shout­ing out their in­no­cence. SADIS­TIC: Stephen ( and Matthew Ar­mitage VIC­TIM: Barker

Shaun Barker was re­ported miss­ing by his fam­ily on Jan­uary 14, 2014. The 33- year- old’s charred re­mains were found in the Tooloora State For­est on April 10 that year.

The two are due to be sen­tenced later this year.

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