Pair charged wth pen­sioner mur­der

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­david­sey­mour

TWO men from Wis­bech have been charged with the mur­der of a Lin­colnshire pen­sioner who had boil­ing water poured over him dur­ing a rob­bery.

Rocky Cur­tis (24), of New­bridge Lane, and Robert Michael Holmes (23), of Red­moor Lane, are ac­cused of the mur­der of Sonny Grey.

The 70-year-old died in hospi­tal in Not­ting­ham af­ter suf­fer­ing what Lin­colnshire Po­lice de­scribed at the time as a “dis­turb­ing level of vi­o­lence”.

Mr Grey was scalded with boil­ing water from a ket­tle in the at­tack at his home in West­wick Gar­dens, in Lin­coln, on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 29, and a Lin­colnshire Po­lice probe has in­di­cated that the burns he sus­tained con­trib­uted to his death.

Cur­tis ap­peared at Lin­coln Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear to Lin­coln Crown Court on Thurs­day.

Holmes, who was charged with mur­der yes­ter­day, will ap­pear at the court this morn­ing.

Cur­tis and Holmes were among three peo­ple ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the mur­der on Mon­day.

A 49-year-old woman, also from the Wis­bech area, has been re­leased on po­lice bail un­til Fri­day, July 6, pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries.

In all, some eight peo­ple have been ar­rested fol­low­ing Mr Grey’s death.

Two 18-year-old men had their po­lice bail can­celled; while a 29-year-old and 27year-old are due to an­swer their po­lice bail on Wed­nes­day, June 20, and Thurs- day, June 21 re­spec­tively.

A 29-year-old man died while on po­lice bail in re­la­tion to this mat­ter. There were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances, a Lin­colnshire Po­lice spokesman said.

In Novem­ber, loved ones pub­licly paid trib­ute to Mr Grey.

As a Ro­many gypsy grow­ing up in a tra­di­tional car­a­van, Mr Grey trav­elled the coun­try, be­fore set­tling in Lin­coln as an adult around 40 years ago.

The fa­ther-of-10 lived on the St Giles es­tate, be­fore mov­ing to West­wick Gar­dens with his part­ner and the mother of two of his chil­dren, Eve­lyn Nel­son.

Miss Nel­son said ev­ery­one who knew Sonny was strug­gling to cope with the loss.

She said: “He was loved by us so much and he had such a big heart, not ev­ery­one saw that, but we did be­cause he was al­ways there for us and he al­ways looked af­ter us.”

She added: “When­ever I was stressed he’d be straight round and I’d have a smile on my face again.”

Peige and Codie Nel­son, who saw Sonny as their grand­fa­ther, said his death had hit them ex­tremely hard.

Peige (18) said: “Since he’s been gone I’m strug­gling to eat enough and I’m not sleep­ing. I just lie awake think­ing about him com­ing back to visit us.”

Codie (11) said: “He bought me a bike and some toys and he al­ways bought me ice cream – I loved him to bits.”

AT­TACKED: Sonny Grey.

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