Man pleads guilty to manslaughter - Bedfordshire


A man who appeared before St Albans Crown Court yesterday, Monday, 23 July 2012, for a plea and case management hearing pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Joseph Docherty.

He was sentenced to 5-years imprisonment, which was reduced to three and a half years because of his early admission and early guilty plea.

Andrew Parsons, aged 44, of no fixed abode, was arrested in connection with an incident, which happened on 03 May 2012 in a flat in New Bedford Road.

The court heard how Joseph Docherty, aged 43, was found dead in his home after he and his friend Parsons had purchased a £10 bag of Heroin.  They had returned to Docherty's flat where Parsons injected Docherty with the drug. Docherty fell asleep and did not regain consciousness.

Following advice from Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Parsons was charged by officers from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Team with Manslaughter, administrating noxious substances, and possession with intent to supply a prohibited drug.