Search Site

Leave page quickly

Man sentenced to life imprisonment for murder - Bedworth

A man who murdered a vulnerable person in Bedworth has today (Thursday 20 December) been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Jonathan Frank Cramp, 37, of no fixed abode but residing in Nuneaton, was found guilty of the murder of Julian Perry yesterday following a trial at Warwick Crown Court.Jonathan Frank Cramp Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Jonathan Frank Cramp

He was today sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 18 years and 200 days.

On Saturday 23 June this year, 39-year-old Julian Perry was found deceased in a flat in Adelaide Court, Croft Pool, Bedworth.

Julian died from multiple injuries following a 'brutal and sustained' attack by Cramp. Cramp was arrested the following day after officers placed him at the scene at the time of the incident.

At today's sentencing, officers investigating the case were commended by the judge for the quality of the investigation, including Detective Constable Justin Brown who was praised for his role in the presentation of the CCTV evidence.

Detective Sergeant Andy Denny from the Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit said: "Julian was an extremely vulnerable man who was exploited by Cramp and other people he thought were his friends. A tragic life ended in the most tragic way.

"Julian was lonely and was just happy to socialise with anyone who showed an interest in him. Sadly for him, his so-called friends exploited his vulnerable nature. During our investigation we heard that Julian was treated as a stranger in his own flat.

"Cramp claimed he had been acting in self defence but we showed that the brutal and sustained nature of the attack went well beyond self defence, and the jury agreed.

"Warwickshire Police is committed to protecting the most vulnerable and I would urge anyone who is concerned about a vulnerable person being exploited to call police."

For further details of the investigation, please see the conviction release here

Issued: 12.05pm, Thursday 20 December, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 20/12/18