Man jailed for manslaughter - Luton

15/11/2013

A man appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Friday, 15 November 2013, and was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of Ryan Burke.

Mark Hannell, aged 19, of Trent Road, Luton, pleaded guilty on 24 October to the manslaughter of 19-year-old Ryan. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault in relation to a separate incident, which occurred on 24 April, the sentence for which will run concurrently.

Ryan died in hospital on 26 April shortly after being stabbed in Milliner's Court, off Biscot Road in Luton. A post mortem revealed that Ryan died from a single stab wound.

Hannell had also been charged with a separate offence of Harassment, which meant that reporting restrictions were applied to the manslaughter/common assault case until all evidence of the harassment case had been heard.

Today, Friday, 15 November 2013, Hannell pleaded guilty to the charge of harassment and was sentenced to an additional six months imprisonment for that, which will run consecutively to the 7 years imprisonment for manslaughter/common assault.  This means he has been sentenced to a total of seven and half years in prison.

Ruth Bowskill, Temporary Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the tragic death of 19-year-old Ryan Burke.

"On the evening of 25 April 2013, Mark Hannell attended the home address of Ryan in Milliner's Court to confront him about entering into a relationship with his former girlfriend.  Whilst in his brother's ground floor flat, which was in the same street, Hannell leant out of the window and stabbed Ryan.  Ryan died in the early hours of the next morning.

"This case represents a tragedy for the family of Ryan. His family and friends have been devastated by his untimely death.

"We have worked closely with Bedfordshire 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 Ryan back to his family, 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 at this time."

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Ruth Dodsworth of the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Major Crime Unit (BCHMCU) said: "Due to the positive reaction detectives received from witnesses and members of the public, which supported this investigation and provided evidence, Hannell couldn't do anything else but plead guilty to the manslaughter of Ryan. I would like to place on record my thanks to those people who have assisted this inquiry as they have not only helped the police, but their evidence has meant that Ryan's family has been spared the ordeal of listening to the details of Ryan's death in court.

"Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Ryan's family and we hope that this court result will enable them to find some peace and allow them to mourn Ryan's death with the knowledge that justice has been done."