Derby Man Found Guilty Of Walsall Teen's Manslaughter

1 August 2018, 16:49

Reagan Asbury stabbed to death Walsall boxing matc

A man from Derby has been jailed for 14 years after the death of a boxing fan in the Black Country.

Reagan Asbury, 19, died from a neck wound at a boxing event at Walsall Town Hall in October. 

After a five week trial, Tyrone Andrew, 22, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. Andrew told the court he was acting in self defense after being left in the fear of his life. 

Andrew was acquitted of having an offensive weapon in a public place, whilst Derby men Ryandeep Sidhu, 22, and Declan Kemp-Francis  were found guilty of perverting the course of justice. A fourth defendant Lavelle Patrice, 22, was cleared of violent disorder.

Prosecutor Michael Burrows QC claimed Andrew had stabbed two other men and missed another intended victim before stabbing Mr Asbury.

Mr Burrows said: "Tyrone Andrew jogged up behind him. He did so stealthily, like an animal stalking its prey.

"As Tyrone Andrew reached Reagan Asbury, you will see he raised his right hand and struck Reagan to his neck.

"Although very badly injured, Reagan Asbury made his way back to the Town Hall, where medical staff, in attendance for the boxing event, started treating him."

Birmingham Crown Court deliberated for almost 37 hours before convicting the 22-year old by a majority 10-2 verdict.

Judge Simon Drew QC is expected to sentence Andrew, Sidhu and Kemp-Francis this afternoon.