Frank McKeever: Couple jailed for life over widower’s ‘humiliating’ death

Mr. McKeever, 62, was compelled to confess to assaulting Surie Suksiri when she was a child, prior to the “painful and protracted” death of the 32-year-old and her partner.

The murderers of a widower who were responsible for a “painful, protracted, and humiliating death” and subsequent burial in a remote location have been sentenced to life in prison.

Surie Suksiri, 32, and Juned Sheikh, 48, her presently ex-boyfriend, have both been incarcerated for impeding the lawful interment of Frank McKeever, whose remains remain undiscovered.

On August 28, 2021, following a visit to his stepdaughter Suksiri at her residence in Highbury, north London, Mr. McKeever, 62 years old, vanished.

According to Judge Antony Bate, Mr. McKeever had anticipated that Suksiri and Sheikh would “welcome him as before and treat him with the respect that any guest deserves.” Nevertheless, “the situation deteriorated into something sinister in that confined residential setting.”

Mr. McKeever was captured on camera in a “humiliating” position and coerced into making a filmed confession while he was inside the residence.

In the video, he claimed that Suksiri “deserved to be punished” for the childhood assault he committed against her.

Mr. McKeever’s family expressed “elation” upon receiving police confirmation that the allegations of maltreatment lack substantiating evidence.

Agonizing End and Concealed Body

Following the filming of the confession, Mr. McKeever was subjected to “significant and sustained violence” and died in an agonising, protracted, and humiliating manner, according to Old Bailey prosecutor Katherine Patterson.

Mr. McKeever’s “precise cause” of mortality, according to Ms. Patterson, was also unknown.

The judge stated that the couple lied about what transpired and concealed his body in a “wicked and sustained deceit” after the murder.

The judge deemed it a “grave affront to public standards of decency,” which prohibits the family from interring him.

Family’s Grief and Denial of Interment

Dominic McKeever, the victim’s older sibling, previously described the trial as “protracted and distressing” and stated that the family has been deprived of the opportunity to bid “loving farewell” to “happy-go-lucky” Mr. McKeever, as he merits.

Reading his testimony in court, he said: “Frank started a new, optimistic life in July 2021. He was occupied with house-moving arrangements, delighted in exploring London with his newly acquired mobility pass, and had, much to our delight, reestablished contact with us, his siblings.

“Frank lived for many reasons.” “This promising future has been abruptly and capriciously revoked from both him and us.”

He further stated that the affirmation that there was no evidence implicating Mr. McKeever in the abuse merely exacerbated the anguish and “ignored nature” of his passing.

Mr. McKeever continued, “There were occasions when Frank appeared to be on trial.”

Allison Hunter KC stated in mitigation that Suksiri was susceptible due to her low IQ and alcoholism.

She stated that Suksiri had no intention of causing additional distress to the family members of Mr. McKeever. If able, she would inform authorities of his whereabouts.

On the night of his murder, Mr. McKeever came at Sheikh’s home around an hour after. Suksiri sent a 47-second video to her sister via WhatsApp.

Murder, Disposal, and Silence

Suksiri said “start” off-camera prior to Mr. McKeever’s “flat tone” on camera in which he claimed to have assaulted her when she was six years old.

The defendants killed Mr. McKeever shortly after the video was released and disposed of his remains a few days later.

In her evidence, Suksiri denied harming her stepfather and blamed her partner for repeated elbow blows.

Upon realizing his demise, she acknowledged disposing of Mr. McKeever’s remains. However, she could only recall that Sheikh had driven them to the location, which was adjacent to a highway.

She informed the jury that the body was removed from the vehicle while Sheikh covered it with branches.

Following his apprehension, Sheikh declined to respond to inquiries and opted not to provide testimony throughout the trial.

A couple, with whom he had agreed to complete a house exchange, became aware of Mr. McKeever’s whereabouts. They reported him missing once communication ceased.

Legal Proceedings and Verdicts

Suksiri asserted that it had been twenty years since they last spoke.

The jury was informed, however, that on September 2, she pawned three of his jewels for £200.

Social services were alerted by her sister-in-law to the situation. Suksiri disclosed the recorded confession and transmitted the video via WhatsApp, prompting them to contact the police.

Suksiri’s conversations with an undercover officer from the year prior, subsequent to her release under investigation, were presented in court.

They provided Sheikh with a detailed confession to the assassination, according to the prosecution.

The allegations against Suksiri and Sheikh, both from Camberwell in south London, were denied.

Following their verdicts of guilty in early November, Sheikh demanded that the jurors “rot in hell” in an irate response.

A minimum term of 24 years was imposed on Sheikh, who had sixteen prior convictions, including for burglary and violence. Suksiri, on the other hand, was informed that she would serve at least 18 years in prison.

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