Billericay: Manslaughter conviction
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A Basildon man has been convicted of the manslaughter of Matthew Bion while his co-defendant is found guilty of assisting an offender
Dennie Griffiths, 28, was convicted of the manslaughter of Matthew Bion when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court today (Tuesday 21 September), while his co-defendant, Jade Chambers, 24, was found guilty of assisting an offender.
Matthew Bion, 31, (pictured) had gone for drinks with his partner and friends at Reid's bar in Laindon Road, Billericay, on Saturday 17 August 2019.
As Matthew and his friends left the bar in the early hours, an argument broke out between two groups who had been in the same venue that night. One of these groups contained Dennie Griffiths and Jade Chambers.
Matthew was trying to calm the situation when he was punched by Griffiths, causing him to fall to the ground. Griffiths then ran away.
An ambulance treated Matthew at the scene for a serious head injury before conveying him to hospital.
When officers arrived at Laindon Road, they arrested Jade Chambers, of Hermitage Drive, on suspicion of affray. She had helped Griffiths to leave the scene, thereby avoiding police.
A few hours later, Griffiths was arrested at his home address in Paynters Mead on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
Matthew, from Wickford, remained in hospital in a serious condition but died of his injuries on Tuesday 27 August 2019.
A post-mortem examination recorded that he died as a result of head injuries.
Following an investigation by the Serious Crime Directorate, Dennie Griffiths was summonsed to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 22 October 2019 to answer a charge of manslaughter.
Jade Chambers was summonsed to the same court to answer a charge of assisting an offender.
They denied the offences.
Today, Tuesday 21 September, the jury found them both guilty after two days deliberation. Dennie Griffiths was found guilty of manslaughter and Jade Chambers of assisting an offender.
They will be sentenced at a later date.
Detective Chief Inspector Scott Egerton, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said:
“Matthew Bion was enjoying a night out with friends when he was needlessly assaulted, sustaining a serious head injury that ultimately cost him his life. He was a completely innocent party.
“The actions of Dennie Griffiths will have a lifelong impact on Matthew’s family, his partner, children and all those who witnessed what happened that night.
“My thoughts are with his family.”