Man convicted and jailed for manslaughter - Nash, Buckinghamshire

04/10/2017

A man has today, Wednesday, 4 October 2017, been convicted at Luton Crown Court and jailed for eight years for the manslaughter of Adam Fanelli in 2015 in Nash, Buckinghamshire.

Addy McAllister, aged 36, of Charlesworth Street, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, was found guilty of manslaughter today following a re-trial, which started on Monday, 25 September. He was acquitted of murder.

At shortly after 9am on 17 March 2015, Thames Valley Police officers attended Nash Park in Winslow Road, Nash following a report from South Central Ambulance Service. The body of Adam Fanelli, aged 31, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, was discovered on waste land at the rear of the caravan site deceased and with head and facial injuries.

McAllister and his co-defendant Jemma Price, who was aged 30 in 2015, of no fixed abode, denied Adam's murder but were both convicted 24 September 2015, following a 3-week trial at Luton Crown Court. McAllister was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 14 years and Price was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years. However, McAllister successfully appealed against his conviction and a re-trial was ordered.

Louise Attrill, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "On the morning of Tuesday, 17 March 2015, Adam's body was found beaten to death in a small field adjacent to a small caravan site. Addy McAllister (known as BoyBoy) and Jemma Price, fuelled with drugs and alcohol, had viciously attacked him after an argument. The cause of death was blunt head / facial injuries. Astonishingly, 159 separate injuries were recorded at the post mortem. McAllister and Price are clearly extremely violent and dangerous men.

"The motive for the attack remains a mystery, but is believed to be drug related. Precisely why McAllister and Price chose to jointly end the life of another human being in such a brutal fashion is known only to them.

"McAllister and Price both admitted being present when a fight broke out involving Adam, but blamed each other, claimed they had each tried to stop the fight, left and were not responsible for his death. They pleaded not guilty to Adam's murder, but on 24 September 2015, a jury found them guilty of his murder and they were jailed for life and to serve minimum terms of 14 and 17 years respectively. McAllister subsequently appealed his murder conviction and after a re-trial he has today, Wednesday, 4 October 2017, been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

"We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We know that nothing will bring Adam back to his family and friends, but we hope that today's conviction and sentence brings them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Senior investigating officer of the re-trial Peter Beirne, head of the Major Crime Review Team, said: "A jury has found McAllister guilty of one count of manslaughter in relation to his involvement in the death of Adam Fanelli.

"Mr Fanelli was a son, partner and a father to young children who was taken away from those who loved him. They have had to endure further pain and distress and I would like to thank them for their support and dignity throughout the investigation and trial processes.

"I would like to thank everyone from the investigation and prosecution teams who have worked tirelessly throughout this complex investigation and re-trial."