Women get life for pensioner's torture death

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Two women convicted of the "grotesque and incomprehensible" murder and torture of a grandfather turned on one another as they were jailed for life.

Kelly Barnes, 32, and Jodie Barnes, 31, who are civil partners, will each serve a minimum of 24 years for murdering Barry Reeve, 67, a retired bus conductor, at his home in Norwich.

The pair, who had both denied murder and blamed each other, had to be removed from the dock at Norwich Crown Court by prison guards. Kelly Barnes swore and accused her partner of being a liar.

The court heard that they believed he had hidden money and tortured him in an attempt to make him reveal his Pin. He was punched, stamped on and slashed with a knife, and lay dying for up to 48 hours after the attack.