Man sentenced for the manslaughter of Robert Bavington


A 31-year-old man has today been jailed for six years, after he was found guilty of the manslaughter of Robert Bavington who died last year.

A jury at Warwick Crown Court heard how on 9 April 2015, the victim was socialising with a group of friends in Leamington Spa. The group ended up in the Moo Bar where they encountered the defendant, Vijay Masih, and his friends.

Members from the two groups had an altercation in the smoking area of the bar and the victim tried to resolve the dispute by escorting one of the members of the group out of the bar.

As they walked away from the bar, Masih followed them and eventually caught up with the pair and began an argument with the victim's associate. Mr Bavington again tried to calm the situation down, but the defendant punched him to the face which resulted in the victim falling to the ground and hitting his head on the road where he lay in an unconscious state.

The defendant fled the scene of the attack. Two street pastors who were nearby contacted the emergency services.

Masih was arrested a short while later. The victim was taken to University Hospital in Coventry where he passed away on 10 April 2015 due to a bleed on the brain.

Robin Allen, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Throughout this prosecution, Vijay Masih has claimed that he acted in self-defence, however, evidence has always shown Robert Bavington was trying to calm the situation down at every occasion an altercation took place and that the defendant was the aggressor.

"It was Masih who pursued the victim and it was he who threw the first and only punch which resulted in Mr Bavington falling to the ground and hitting his head on the road.

"As a result of the fall, the victim suffered a skull fracture and a bleed on the brain, which resulted in his death. The defendant was subsequently charged with and today found guilty of Mr Bavington’s manslaughter.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Bavington."