Ricky Hayden’s family vent at justice system before killer’s sentencing

Family and friends of Ricky Hayden protest outside the Old Bailey on Friday, September 8. Picture: P

Family and friends of Ricky Hayden protest outside the Old Bailey on Friday, September 8. Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The family of celebrity minder Ricky Hayden who was attacked outside his home by a machete-wielding teenage have slammed the justice system before his killer’s sentencing.

Romford bouncer Ricky was stabbed to death outside his home in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath, on September 13 2016, after he, dad Paul and brother Perry confronted two teens who they thought were trying to steal their scooter.

Tommy Roome, who was 19 at the time, was found not guilty of murdering former Havering Council employee Ricky by a jury at the Old Bailey in July, but convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

A second defendant, Tarrell Hinds, 20, of Manford Cross, Hainault, was found not guilty of involvement in the killing.

It took the jurors 13 hours and 30 minutes to reach the verdicts at the end of the six-week trial, which also found the pair innocent of attempted murder of the victim’s father, Paul, and an alternative charge of wounding with intent against the older man.

Roome, now 20, returned to the Old Bailey today to be sentenced alongside Kevin Malamba, also 20, of Rodney Road, Southwark, who admitted perverting the course of justice.

A group of family and friends of the victim gathered outside the court waving banners and placards, before the hearing before Judge Philip Katz QC.

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Mr Hayden’s mother Suzanne Hedges said: “We are here today to let people know this system is rubbish.

“We are hard-working people. We got no justice.”

The court had heard that Mr Hayden, 27, had worked at Kosho nightclub, South Street, Romford, in security at ITV and acted as a bodyguard for high-profile celebrities including footballer Peter Crouch and model Abbey Clancy.

He ran out of his house wearing only a pair of boxer shorts on the night of the incident, believing youths were about to snatch his brother’s scooter.

Prosecutors said Mr Hayden, his 21-year-old brother Perry and their father, 55, were confronted by Roome and Mr Hinds, who were armed with two large machetes.

Jurors were told that the defendants had gone to Gibbfield Close that day to look for two other brothers – Carter and Latham Jordan – with whom Roome was involved in an ongoing dispute.

Roome, Rams Grove, Chadwell Heath, and Mr Hinds were on a moped at the time, the court heard.

His mother said in a victim impact statement the family had been “crushed” by his death.

She said: “Ricky was our boy. He was kind, caring and honest with a cheeky streak.”

She last spoke to him on the phone when he called her up just to say: “I love you”.

Ms Hedges described listening to the “sickening” details of the case in court and the way her son was attacked while he was “vulnerable, unarmed, unprepared, confused and wearing nothing but his underwear”.

The teaching assistant added: “I would have given my own life in a heartbeat just to have saved him the pain and fear he must have felt at that moment.”

Roome will be sentenced later today.