London riots: Darrell Desuze detained for Richard Bowes killing in Ealing

16:07 17 April 2012

Pensioner Richard Bowes who was killed by a rioter in Ealing when he tried to put out a fire near his home

Pensioner Richard Bowes who was killed by a rioter in Ealing when he tried to put out a fire near his home

The teenager who killed pensioner Richard Mannington Bowes in Ealing during the London riots was today sentenced to eight years’ detention.

Darrell Desuze, 17, punched the elderly man to the ground on August 8 last year.

Mr Bowes, who had been trying to put out a fire in a dustbin near his home suffered brain damage and died three days later in hospital.

Desuze’s mother Lavinia was jailed for 18 months for perverting the course of justice by cutting up his clothes.

The teenager, who could be named after an order banning his identification was lifted by a judge, admitted manslaughter last month.

Mr Justice Saunders said he took into account the teenager’s previous guilty pleas to violent disorder and burglary at William Hill, Tesco Express, Blockbusters and Fatboys Thai restaurant on August 8, when passing sentence.

The judge said Desuze “played a full part in the violence” and could be seen on CCTV smashing windows, looting shops, throwing missiles at police and wheeling rubbish bins into the street so they could be set on fire.

He added: “The death of Mr Bowes was pointless and unnecessary and it became for the public one of the most, if not the most, shocking event of the riots in London.”

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Mannington Bowes’ sister Anne Wilderspin said she forgave Desuze - repeating what she said just after her brother’s death.

She said she was concerned for the accused and felt compassion for him: “He has potentially ruined his life and will find it difficult to make an honest living in the future.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

How does 3D gaming really affect video game aficionados?

Read more

Shailene Woodley said stripping off for White Bird In A Blizzard was essential for the movie.

Read more

It’s blown off course and back up the hill.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

How does 3D gaming really affect video game aficionados?

It’s blown off course and back up the hill.

There’s not many worse places that you can mistake a bar for than a prison.

And it dishes out Kellogg’s Cornflakes!

Quirky London