Ex-husband of Barry Reeve killer Kelly Barnes describes how his wife became a drug-fuelled “beast” during their time together in Norwich
08:40 04 February 2013
The ex-husband of Norwich killer Kelly Barnes has described how she turned from a sweet teenager into a “beast” prior to murdering retired bus conductor Barry Reeve.
Kelly, 32, and her partner Jodie Barnes, 31, were sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the killing of Mr Reeve, 67, at his home in Corton Road, Lakenham, in February last year.
The pair, who were both drug addicts, tortured Mr Reeve and ransacked the home to fuel their addiction.
Kelly’s ex-husband Karl described how the sweet 17-year-old he met in Norwich in 1997 turned into violent drug-addict.
The 41-year-old, father to Kelly’s children, said: “The transformation was like beauty to beast. You couldn’t believe it if you’d ever known her.
“I can’t get my head around how that sweet 17-year-old girl I met all that time ago could get involved in something so evil.”
•See today’s Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News for the full interview with Karl.