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Two jailed for 37-years in connection to Jack Howes murder

Three men have today, Monday 8 January, been sentenced at Hull Crown Court to a combined total of 37-years in connection with the fatal stabbing of 29-year-old man, Jack Howes from Grimsby.

Kian Feve, 22, of Southfield Road in Scunthorpe, Robert Wattam, 23 of Broughton and Darren Feve, 55 of Southfield Road in Scunthorpe, were all charged in connection with the murder of Jack Howes in March 2023.

All three entered a not guilty plea following an appearance at Hull Crown Court and a trial was scheduled and commenced on Monday 20 November.

Following a two-week trial, on Thursday 7 December, a jury returned a guilty verdict and Kian Feve was convicted of Jack’s murder, alongside Wattam who was found guilty of manslaughter, and Darren Feve who was found guilty of perverting the course of justice in connection to the fatal stabbing.

Appearing at Hull Crown Court today, Monday 8 January, Kian Feve received a life sentence with a minimum term of 22-years, and Robert Wattam was sentenced to a total of 15-years in prison.

Darren Feve received a one-year suspended sentence with a requirement to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work. 

On Monday 20 March, at approximately 12.30am, we received a call from a member of the public, reporting a man was laid on the ground on Macaulay Way following an altercation between a group of men.

Emergency services were immediately deployed and upon arrival, officers and paramedics discovered Jack Howes in the street having sustained multiple stab wounds to his chest and stomach.

Jack was transported to hospital to receive medical treatment, however, despite the efforts of medical staff, Jack died shortly after from his injuries and a murder investigation was launched.

Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) Detective Superintendent Nikki Burnett, leading the investigation into Jack’s murder, said: “Following the report to police, our enquiries swiftly commenced, including extensively reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV footage in and around the area, conducting house-to-house enquiries, carrying out extensive analysis of phone data and various forensic examinations undertaken.

“From CCTV footage, Kian Feve and Wattam were identified as fleeing the scene of the offence and were both arrested on suspicion of murder a few days later.

“Further CCTV footage recovered identified Kian Feve and Wattam entering a property on Haycroft Street in Grimsby, immediately after the stabbing took place, remaining there for a short period, before being collected by a vehicle.

“A warrant was executed, and we searched the property, recovering a knife from the rear garden which was forensically examined.

“Blood was identified on the knife and following DNA testing, the blood was confirmed to be that of Jack Howes. DNA belonging to Kian Feve was also identified as present on the handle of the knife.”

As a result of all the enquiries undertaken as part of the investigation, Kian Feve and Wattam were charged with murder and remanded into custody.

Darren Feve was later charged with perverting the course of justice after he provided a statement to Police stating Kian Feve was with him on the night of the fatal stabbing and was given conditional bail.

In addition, as part of the investigation, warrants were executed at the home addresses of Kian Feve and Wattam. Class A and B drugs were discovered, and further charges were brought against them.

Kian Feve and Wattam were charged with being concerned in the supply Class A drugs and possession of Class A drugs, with a further charge of possession of Class B drugs against Wattam. Both pleaded guilty to these charges at an earlier court date.

Detective Superintendent Nikki Burnett continued: “Firstly, I would like to commend Jack’s family who have shown incredible strength throughout the entirety of the investigation.

“Whilst the sentences imposed cannot bring Jack back, I really hope that this provides his loved ones with a sense of comfort in knowing that the men responsible for Jack’s death are now behind bars and unable to harm anyone else.

“An altercation ensued between Jack, Kian Feve and Wattam, where Jack was subjected to a horrific attack, which sadly led to him sustaining a fatal stab wound. Making no attempt to help Jack, both Kian Feve and Wattam fled the scene leaving him for dead in the street.

“The unforgivable actions of Kian Feve and Robert Wattam resulted in Jack, a 29-year-old man, losing his life.

“I would like to thank all my colleagues who were involved in this investigation, in particular the Major Crime Team, for their dedication and hard work in building a strong case against Kian Feve, Wattam and Darren Feve, and the public for their assistance in helping us secure justice for Jack.”

Speaking of their loss, Jack’s family said: “Jack was adored and loved by his family and his loss has left us all completely devastated. We miss him every day. Our hearts are forever broken, and no sentence can bring Jack back.

“We would like to thank all of those within Humberside Police and everyone else who contributed to bringing those responsible to justice.”

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