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Man convicted of manslaughter in Romford left messages saying he would ‘kill’ victim

PUBLISHED: 08:37 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:47 22 June 2017

Richard Laurent. Picture: Met

Richard Laurent. Picture: Met

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A man convicted of manslaughter left messages on an answering machine saying he was going to “kill” and “bury” his victim.

Richard Laurent, 46, of no fixed address was found guilty of the manslaughter of 61-year-old Derek Bailey at Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday following a nine-day trial.

Mr Bailey was discovered lying in the front garden of a property in Maple Street, Romford, at 6.45am on March 16 2016 by a concerned member of the public who called for an ambulance.

Mr Bailey, who had possessions strewn around him, was found unresponsive by paramedics and was rushed to Queen’s Hospital where he died at 8.40am the same day.

Medical staff noted that the injuries indicated a severe degree of blunt force had been inflicted on Mr Bailey leaving him with a collapsed lung and bleeding into the chest which directly contributed to his death.

Police later discovered Mr Bailey had been drinking at the property in Maple Street and suspected Laurent of carrying out the assault due to an argument with the victim over the theft of money from one of the tenants.

A witness of the dispute said Laurent shouted at Mr Bailey and punched him in the stomach and kicked him on the ground before leaving him outside the house and throwing out his possessions with him.

Laurent was arrested the following day on suspicion of murder, March 17, after bumping into a Pc in Cedar Road and telling him, “I don’t even know him, I don’t even know him, am I getting arrested?”

Police were able to recover messages left by Laurent on an answer phone during the incident in which he said he would “kill” and “bury” Mr Bailey as well as saying, “I really wanna stamp on that geezer’s head. I’m gonna do to him, really, I’m being really and truly what it is, I wanna get a, get a knife and put it right in.”

Det Insp Nicky Oatham said: “A man was beaten, then thrown injured out of a house and left to suffer alone; no-one should be treated like that.”

Laurent will be sentenced on Tuesday June 27.

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