Moment gangster tries to cover tracks after executing Kinky Boots star’s brother

By Lorraine King

Chilling footage captures the moment a gangster tried to cover his tracks after ruthlessly gunning down a West End star's brother and his friend to clear a £400,000 debt.

Jonathan Houseman executed William Henry, 31, whose brother is Kinky Boots actor Matt Henry, and 29-year-old Brian McIntosh, as they sat in a Range Rover in Dudley, West Midlands.

The 32-year-old then fled the scene in a getaway vehicle before arriving at a H2O car valet business 10 minutes later.

The business at the Merry Hill shopping centre was run by his friend 34-year-old Richard Avery who helped him in the bloody aftermath.

Houseman removed his clothes which were splattered with the two victim's blood and sprayed himself with cleaning fluid Avery gave him.

Jonathan Houseman trying to cover his tracks with the help of Richard Avery (West Midlands Police / SWNS.COM)

Birmingham Crown Court heard Avery then bagged up the clothes and loaded them into a car which were later destroyed in a garden waste incinerator.

Detectives found the victims, who worked in the waste clearance industry, were owed at least £400,000 by Houseman for work that they had done but he had failed to pay them.

The court heard Houseman was "motivated by greed" when he decided to kill them to wipe out the debt after his victims became increasingly frustrated by his failure to pay what they owed him.

Houseman claimed the gunman was a mystery fourth person in the car, but CCTV and forensic evidence proved he was a killer.

On Friday he was jailed for life and must serve a minimum term of 40 years.

Houseman had just shot dead his two victims (West Midlands Police / SWNS.COM)

Avery was caged for two-and-a half years after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.

He claimed he only agreed to help Houseman as he had been threatened by someone.

The court was told Mr Henry's partner Demi Allen texted Houseman after the murders to tell him: "'You will not get away with this. I promise."

Sentencing, Judge Martin Spencer told Houseman: "You invented in your mind a fourth person who had been in the car.

Houseman fled the scene on foot (West Midlands Police / SWNS.COM)

"This was a web of lies you peddled to the jury. 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.

"Demi Allen, William's partner, was not fooled.

"On the morning after the shooting she sent you a text saying 'you will not get away with this. I promise'.

“She immediately knew who was responsible because of the bad blood that had built of between you and William Henry over the previous months.

William Henry's partner was four months pregnant when he died (SWNS)
Brian McIntosh was also gunned down (SWNS)

"She was right on both counts - it was you and you would not get away with it.”

The grieving relatives and partners of both men read out victim personal statements to the court.

William's devastated brother Chris Henry said his 61-year-old mum had died "from heartbreak" on Christmas Day after losing her son.

He said: "Hearing he had been killed with his best friend in such a brutal execution sent shockwaves through our community.

Both men were jailed on Friday (West Midlands Police / SWNS.COM)

"It breaks out heart he was taken in a brutal and cruel way because of someone's selfish choice.

"These people who planned and executed this murder have not only taken William and Brian's lives but caused my mother's.

"This tragedy would never have happened if William was here.

"Words cannot describe how these evil people have made family suffer with their actions. It is not them but us who face a life sentence.

Houseman has been jailed for life (SWNS)
Avery was jailed for perverting the course of justice (SWNS)

"The violent nature of his passing doesn't fit with the person he was, cut down in the prime of his life."

William's partner of two years Ms Allen, told the court he was murdered when she was four months pregnant and had yet to know they were expecting a baby girl.

Reading out her statement, she said: "On September 30 my life was destroyed. My partner was murdered before we found out we were having a baby girl.

"My daughter will never know her father, William only wanted to be a father.

"My world has been shattered and I don't enjoy getting up anymore.

"I dread my daughter will ask what happened to her father.

"She has been robbed of her father and will only be able to visit him at the graveside.”

Brian's heartbroken family said: “We as a family need the time to be able to grieve our horrendous loss of our beloved Brian and Will, who were both humble, big-hearted, compassionate, funny, ambitious, thriving family men.

"Their characters were larger than life and the world will now be an empty place without them.”

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