GUILTY: Man, 44, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years
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A 44-year-old man has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison after he killed a man often referred to as his “best friend” in an assault that happened in June 2020 in Littlewood Close, Northampton.
On the morning of June 23, 2020, Dale Peter Bates, 44, of Sulgrave Road, Northampton, called 999 to say he’d had a fight with 53-year-old Andrew Pomroy inside his flat three days earlier and had, that morning, found him dead.
Despite claiming the fight had consisted of some “pushing, shoving and slapping”, a post-mortem showed that Andrew had died as a result of repeated blows inflicted upon him, resulting in a smashed jaw, fractures to the throat and severe brain damage.
“He was left for dead," prosecutor Mr Khalil Khalim QC told the jury in his opening statement at the beginning of the trial.
On June 21, Bates claimed to have visited Andrew again in which he was “still alive” but “didn’t want an ambulance”. He then visited him again on June 22, where he found Andrew dead.
Instead of calling police, he spent the day drinking beer before reporting it the following morning (June 23).
Bates was arrested and subsequently charged with murder. Today at Northampton Crown Court (Thursday, May 27) he was convicted by a jury of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Joe Banfield, said: “Andrew Pomroy trusted Dale Bates and considered him to be a good friend. But Bates beat him so badly in his own flat that day that Andrew sadly died as a result.
“Whilst there will never be any winners in a case like this and no result that will make up for the loss of Andrew, I am pleased for his family and friends that it has come to a conclusion and that the trial is now over.
“Finally, I’d like to thank the Major Crime Team who worked on this case. Their diligence and meticulousness from start to finish was second to none.”