Two men jailed for manslaughter - Watford

16/10/2014

Two men appeared at Southwark Crown Court today, Thursday, 16 October 2014, and were jailed for a combined total of eighteen years for the manslaughter of a young father in Watford on 26 May last year.

Arulchelvan 'Nick' Prasanna, who was 34, died from a fractured skull and other injuries which he sustained when he fell from a moving van following an incident in the car park of Costco in Watford.

It is believed that Mr Prasanna was attempting to prevent men, who had been acting suspiciously in a van, from getting away and courageously tried to stop them.

Patrick O'Driscoll, aged 34, of Purkiss Road, Hertford, was sentenced to ten and a half years imprisonment for manslaughter after pleading not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.

James O'Driscoll, aged 45, of Hamlet Hill, Roydon, was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment for manslaughter after pleading not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.

The murder charge for both was allowed to lie on file.

In addition to this, both men also received two sentences of three and a half years imprisonment, to run concurrently, after pleading guilty to two charges of conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles on 25 and 26 May last year.

Both men had entered not guilty pleas at a hearing in June, but changed their pleas on day two of their trial at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, 14 October.