Tuesday, 17 April 2012

London riots:

London riots: Darrell Desuze detained for Richard Bowes killing

Darrell Desuze Desuze had previously admitted burglaries on the day of the crime

A 17-year-old boy has been detained for eight years for the killing of a pensioner during the London riots.

Darrell Desuze, of Bath Road, Hounslow, pleaded guilty at Inner London Crown Court last month to the manslaughter of Richard Mannington Bowes.

Mr Bowes, 68, was punched and fell to the ground as he tried to stamp out a fire in Spring Bridge Road in Ealing, west London, on 8 August.

He suffered brain damage when his head hit the pavement.

Desuze's mother Lavinia Desuze, 31, was jailed for 18 months at the same court for perverting the course of justice.

'Sincere regrets'

In a victim impact statement read out in court, the estranged sister of Mr Bowes, Anne Wilderspin, said she was "completely devastated to have found and lost her brother again in the same day".

Richard Mannington Bowes Mr Mannington Bowes a head injury when he hit the pavement

"I feel compassionate for the youngster who was only 16 when he committed this crime which has potentially ruined his life," she added.

Piers Von Berg, defending, told the court Desuze "sincerely regrets and has remorse for all his actions, in particular his actions that led to the death of Mr Bowes".

But the judge, Mr Justice Saunders, disputed the defence's claim that he struck Mr Bowes with no more than moderate force.

The court heard the defendant's mother, Lavinia Desuze, made a "very crude attempt indeed to interfere with the course of justice".

"This was a very significant fall from her moral character", the jury heard.

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