Drug dealer convicted of manslaughter sentenced to total of 11 years
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A drug dealer convicted of manslaughter over the 2018 death of Rushden man Phillip Brown has been jailed for a total of 11 years.
Gurprit Singh Bains, aged 42, was last month found guilty after a trial at Northampton Crown Court, and appeared there today, December 21, for sentencing.
The trial had heard how Bains had attacked Mr Brown, aged 51, in the stairwell of a block of flats on November 12, 2018, in a dispute over a minor drug debt, causing fractured ribs which became infected.
These injuries led to him developing meningitis, from which he sadly died on December 5, 2018.
Police were only told of the assault after Mr Brown died, but detectives soon discovered Bains had been selling drugs to Mr Brown, who was known as Podge, before assaulting him over a £10 debt.
Subsequent forensic examinations were able to establish the chain of events leading from the rib injuries to Mr Brown’s death, and on November 18, Bains, of Shannon Close, Rushden, was convicted of manslaughter.
Today, His Honour Judge Rupert Mayo sentenced Bains to seven and a half years for Mr Brown’s death.
Bains had also previously admitted three counts relating to the possession and supply of class A drugs and two charges relating to the possession of criminal property, for which he received a further consecutive sentence of three and a half years, making a total sentence of 11 years.
Speaking afterwards, senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Pete Long, of the Major Crime Team, said: “Securing the conviction of Gurprit Bains over Phillip’s death was a fantastic result, as is today’s sentence.
“This case was a real team effort and every single officer involved did their job brilliantly in order to obtain justice for Phillip and his family, so my thanks go to all involved.
“I very much hope today’s outcome helps Podge’s loved ones and friends as they continue to deal with his untimely loss, and our thoughts remain with them all in their grief.”