Man jailed for 10-years for manslaughter - Hitchin


A 19-year-old man has been sentenced today, Friday, 10 August 2012, to ten years imprisonment for manslaughter after being found guilty at Croydon Crown Court last month.

Jordan Flattery, of West Close, Hitchin, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Graham Snowden, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday, 08 January 2012.

Mr Snowden, 36, a father of two, who was known locally as 'Snowy', of Station Road, Lower Stondon, died from a stab wound following an altercation at a house on Milestone Road.

The court heard how Mr Snowden, who was partially blind and suffered from mobility issues after being in a car crash a few years ago, was confronted by Jordan Flattery as he tried to get up from a sofa.  Flattery approached him and pushed him down twice.  A confrontation took place between them and they were asked to leave.

As they left a further altercation took place in the hallway where Flattery produced a knife that he carried and stabbed Mr Snowden twice, once through his arm as he defended himself, and once fatally to his chest.

Jordan Flattery was arrested on 10 January 2012, and charged with Graham's murder.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "We have worked closely with the police since this investigation was launched.  This was a tragic crime, which led to the untimely death of Graham Snowden who was disabled and registered blind.

"The jury returned a guilty verdict for manslaughter.  The prosecution accept the verdict of the jury who convicted Jordan Flattery on the grounds of loss of control.

"The Crown Prosecution Service praises the strength and courage of Graham's family who sat through the trial and listened to the horrific details of how Graham was stabbed to death, at a mutual friend's house after a verbal argument.

"We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help the family come to terms with this tragic event.  Flattery has today been sentenced to ten years in custody. However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by the family and friends of Graham.  Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Detective Inspector Neil Langford, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "Firstly, our thoughts remain with the family of Graham Snowden who have shown incredible bravery throughout this process. Our thoughts remain with them through what continues to be an extremely difficult time for them.

"The actions of Jordan Flattery on 08 January were cowardly; he took a man's life and then fled from the scene. He deliberately carried a knife on him prior to this incident and this should act as a warning to those who commit such an offence, that you will be caught and dealt with. The sentence passed on him today cannot bring Graham back, but I hope it offers some closure to his family, who continue to live with the legacy the actions of Flattery have left behind from that night."