Three Sentenced for Ilkeston Manslaughter

08/10/2013

Two men and a woman have been sentenced to a total of 31 years for the manslaughter of an Ilkeston man in January this year, a crime described by CPS East Midlands Chief Crown Prosecutor Steve Chappell as a mindless and violent attack.

Jamie Elliott, Nathan Hall and Colette Booth were all found guilty on Friday 4 October at Nottingham Crown Court of the manslaughter of Michael Moss, and sentenced today. A fourth defendant, Alan Chapman, was acquitted of any involvement in the killing.

Michael Moss died as a result of a brutal assault on him on the night of 31 January. He had been in a relationship with Colette Booth, but the two had separated amidst concerns about his behaviour towards her. Instead of reporting this to the police, she arranged for two friends of her son, Elliott and Hall, to attack Mr Moss, which they did that night. They attacked Mr Moss in his home and he died from his injuries on the way to hospital.

Steve Chappell, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: "Mr Moss's tragic death is the result of these defendants taking the law into their own hands. Elliott and Hall carried out the beating and did so at Booth's request, so they are all guilty of manslaughter. Whatever they thought of Mr Moss's behaviour, there is no justification for this mindless, violent attack. They may have thought they were above the law, but today they have faced justice for their actions. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Mr Moss's family."

Jamie Elliott and Nathan Hall were sentenced to 12 years in prison and Colette Booth was sentenced to 7 years.

A fourth defendant, Alan Chapman, was charged with murder and tried alongside the other three. However, due to the way the evidence developed throughout the course of the trial, the prosecution decided that it was no longer appropriate to seek a conviction against him and withdrew the charges.