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Man guilty of manslaughter of Patrick Lawless


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A 21st birthday celebration descended into violence and ended with fatal consequences.

On Monday 17 March at Kingston Crown Court, Patrick Conway - whose 21st birthday celebrations were taking place that night - was found guilty of the manslaughter of 20-year-old Patrick Lawless in Teddington.

The court heard how Patrick Lawless was out with a group of friends in Teddington on the night of Saturday, 10 November 2012 celebrating the 21st birthday of his friend Patrick Conway.

At approximately 22:00hrs that evening, their group became involved in an argument with another group - also out celebrating a 21st birthday - in the Royal Oak pub in Teddington High Street.

Both groups went outside and a fight erupted. During this fight Patrick Lawless and another member of his group, James Hales, were seen to assault a male. Hales was also seen to attack another male with a hospital crutch he had taken from someone in the crowd.

During the subsequent disorder, several fights broke out. On police arrival, both groups involved dispersed, leaving the two victims suffering injuries. The men, aged 24 and 27, at the time of the attack were taken to hospital.

The group containing Patrick Lawless continued up Teddington High Street towards the Clock House pub and then down the High Street, towards Field Lane where Patrick continued to act in an agitated manner. Patrick Conway intervened and tried to calm him down but tensions escalated again in Field Lane, resulting in Conway punching Patrick once. Patrick collapsed to the floor but did not regain consciousness.

Police and London Ambulance Service were called to the scene shortly before 0030hrs on Sunday, 11 November. Patrick Lawless was taken to Kingston Hospital where he died at 0139hrs on Monday, 12 November.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as Traumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

An investigation was launched by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command which involved painstaking analysis of video evidence of the evening's events. This, along with eye witness accounts, led to the suspects being identified and charged.

Detective Inspector Will Reynolds, who led the investigation, said:

"It is almost incomprehensible how a 21st birthday celebration can end in such tragic circumstances, with Patrick Lawless being punched by his childhood friend who delivered the fatal blow.

"These tragic circumstances were the result of the toxic combination of drinking, drug taking and male bravado and the jury rightly decided that the events that began in Teddington High Street that night were disgraceful and unlawful.

"These convictions are a reminder to those who have been found guilty that their decision to engage in drunken violence in full view of members of the public means they are now being held accountable for their actions.

Patrick Conway - 22 yrs (11.11.91) of St Johns Road, East Molesey was found guilty of the manslaughter of Patrick Lawless. He had earlier pleaded guilty to violent disorder relating to the incident outside the Royal Oak pub.

Inigo Anderson - 22 yrs (10.02.92) of Queenswood Avenue, Hampton was found not guilty on Tuesday 18 March, of assault causing ABH in relation to the incident involving Patrick Lawless.

The following were charged in relation to events outside the Royal Oak pub on 10 November 2012:

James Hales - 22 yrs (09.03.92) of Rectory Grove, Hampton Hill pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of GBH and one count of violent disorder.

Max Mears - 19 yrs (02.04.94) of Temple Sheen Road, East Sheen was found guilty of violent disorder.

Callum Hurley - 20 yrs (21.05.93) of Fulmer Close, Hampton was found guilty of violent disorder.

Edward Thompson-Membery - 22 yrs (28.05.91) of Pollard Street, E2 was found not guilty of violent disorder.

Aaron Noonan - 21 yrs (12.05.92) of Brickfarm Close, Richmond was found not guilty of violent disorder.

Ben Axelrod - 26 yrs (13.05.87) of Station Approach, Epsom was found not guilty of violent disorder.

Sentencing will take place on 16 April at Kingston Crown Court.