THE HONEY MONSTERS
Pair smeared victim’s privates …and let ANTS do the rest
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.