13 Mar 2012

Rioter who killed Ealing pensioner named

Data Correspondent and Presenter

A teenager who killed pensioner Richard Mannington Bowes during the London riots has been named after he admitted manslaughter.

An order banning the identification of Darrell Desuze because he is only 17-year-old was lifted by a judge at Inner London Crown.

Desuze, from Hounslow, punched Richard Mannington Bowes to the ground on 8 August last year during rioting in Ealing, west London.

Mr Bowes, who had been trying to put out a fire in a dustbin near his home, suffered brain damage when his head hit the pavement.

He died three days later in hospital.

Desuze admitted manslaughter when he appeared in court on Monday.

He also pleaded guilty to violent disorder and had previously admitted burglary at William Hill, Tesco Express, Blockbusters and Fatboys Thai restaurant on 8 August last year.

It was the most serious crime committed during the riots and the public had a right to know what happened and who killed Mr Bowes, a retired accountant, said Mr Justice Saunders.

Desuze still faces a charge of murder but the Crown will not pursue it.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said on the evening of the killing Desuze, wearing a top saying “Robbers and Villains”, joined a mob that attacked heavily outnumbered police with missiles in Ealing.

“But one thing distinguished him from the others,” said Mr Altman.

“He killed Richard Bowes, an entirely innocent local resident who had intervened to extinguish flames and prevent a fire in one of the bins.”

After walking off, Desuze, known as Smokey, returned to the victim and moved him onto the pavement.

“If it was concern for what he had done, it was short lived,” said Mr Altman.

“Instead of calling an ambulance or summoning any of the policemen around he was in minutes rejoining the riot.”

Desuze’s mother, Lavinia Desuze, 31, will stand trial on Monday accused of perverting the course of justice by destroying the clothes he wore on the night.

Desuze will be sentenced next month after pre-sentencing reports have been completed.