Man guilty killing wife’s friend


A 50 year old man has today pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Warwick Crown Court and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment in respect of the killing of David Powell on 5th September 2012 in Jubilee Park, Tipton.

Malcolm Parkes knew that his wife was having a relationship with Mr Powell. Mrs Parkes and Mr Powell had gone to Jubilee Park to walk her dog. Mr Parkes followed them in his car, drove along a track after them, deliberately drove at Mr Powell and knocked him over. Mr Powell died of the injuries sustained.

Lucy Harding, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Parkes has accepted that as a result of his unlawful act he is responsible for the death of Mr Powell.

"Parkes drove his car purposely and directly at Mr Powell in Jubilee Park when he was walking with Jane Parkes, the defendant's wife. Psychiatric evidence now shows that at the time of the incident Parkes was suffering from a recognised medical condition namely depressive episodes. This medical condition was such that his ability to make any rational judgement was substantially impaired. It is for this reason that his plea of Manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility was accepted by the Crown.

"Mr Powell suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene in such a shocking end to his life and we hope that today's verdict will go some way to helping all those who knew and loved him to come to terms with his death."