Man sentenced to 5-years for manslaughter - Bedford

03/04/2012

Ravi Sandhu, aged 24, of Kathie Road, Bedford, has today, Tuesday, 03 April 2012, been found guilty by a jury at Luton Crown Court of the manslaughter of Kevin Harrison.

Sandhu punched Mr Harrison, from Raunds, in September last year in an unprovoked attack in Bedford town centre after a night out. The injuries caused as Mr Harrison's head hit the pavement where he landed caused fatal injuries.

Sandhu was sentenced to five years in prison for the offence.    Mr Harrison leaves behind his wife Trish; children Jack, 18, and Becky, 21; step-children Megan, 18, and Michael, 21; father and mother Josie and Jeff Harrison; sister Sandra and her husband Steve and family;  father-in-law and mother-in-law David and June; sisters-in-law Gemma and Dawn and their families; and loyal and long-standing friends Mark and Sharon.

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 lead to the untimely death of Kevin Harrison.

"The jury has returned a guilty verdict of manslaughter. The conviction means that the jury was in no doubt that Sandhu caused the death of Mr Harrison, despite his denials.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence by the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for the victim and his family and friends.  We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help them in their struggle to come to terms with this tragic event.  Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

For the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, investigating officer Detective Ssergeant Graham McMillan said after the case: "I'm glad that we have been able to achieve a successful prosecution in this case and hope that it helps to form part of the recovery process for Kevin's family. Kevin's wife and whole family have been tremendously strong throughout this process and I know they are determined that Kevin's death should not be in vain.

"Kevin was a much loved family man who had been out for the evening with his friends and his son. He was just trying to get home when he was subjected to an unprovoked attack by Ravi Sandhu. Sandhu's single punch meant Kevin could never go home again.

"Sandhu didn't mean to kill Kevin, but he did not give a second thought to the consequences of hitting Kevin full in the face. Whether he meant to kill him or not, the result was the same. The Harrison family have suffered, and continue to suffer, in the worst way possible.

"Unfortunately, police have to deal with this type of scenario all too often. Bravado or verbal arguments can lead to a situation, which no-one intended, or imagined, could happen. There are a number of families in this county who have had the experience of a police officer knocking on their door to say that an argument has resulted in the death of their father, or their son, or their husband.

"I would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone, in a situation where tempers are raised, to please walk away and think - rather than finding themselves behind bars."