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‘Web of lies’: UK man gets 40 years for killing two, including brother of ‘Kinky Boots’ actor

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A businessman in the U.K. was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison Friday for the gangland-style execution two men, including the brother of celebrated “Kinky Boots” actor Matt Henry.

Jonathan Houseman, 32, shot and killed Will Henry, 31, and Brian McIntosh, 29, last September as they sat in a Range Rover in the West Midlands town of Dudley, according to reports.

The killer’s tale of a mystery triggerman “was a web of lies you peddled to the jury” Birmingham Crown Court Judge Martin Spencer told Houseman during the sentencing.

The celebrity connection, and Houseman’s awkward efforts caught on video to cover up the murders, created a sensation in the British press.

Police said Houseman owed the two victims more than $500,000 for work they had done for him in waste removal and that the men had grown increasingly upset that they had not been paid, the Sun reports.

Jonathan Houseman
Jonathan Houseman was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison.
West Midlands Police
William Henry and Brian McIntosh
William Henry and Brian McIntosh were killed last September.
West Midlands Police

Houseman tried to pin the murders on a mysterious fourth man he said pulled the trigger in the Range Rover, but closed-circuit video of the scene, and forensic evidence, refuted his testimony.

“You invented in your mind a fourth person who had been in the car,” Judge Spencer said. “There was no fourth man. It was you who pulled the trigger, cold-bloodedly gunning them down from behind in what was effectively an execution.”

Jonathan Houseman, left, conspiring with Richard Avery to cover up the evidence.
Jonathan Houseman, left, conspiring with Richard Avery to cover up the evidence.
West Midlands Police
A police vehicle blocking an entrance to Albion Works industrial estate in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, in the area where two men were found shot dead in a car.
A police vehicle blocking an entrance to Albion Works industrial estate in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, in the area where two men were found shot dead in a car.
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Among other lurid details revealed during the trial, Houseman fled the murder scene for safety at a business run by a friend, Richard Avery, 34, where the killer removed his blood-soaked clothes and sprayed himself with cleaning fluid in an effort to cover his tracks. Avery then disposed of the clothes in a waste incinerator.

Avery was sentenced to two and a half years in jail for his role in the crime.

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