Man jailed for his part in Kettering fight which led to woman’s death
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A man has been sentenced to six and a half years in jail for his part in a fight which led to the death of a Kettering woman.
Wayne Steele, aged 43, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after being convicted of attacking a man in Russell Street, Kettering, on June 15 last year.
The altercation occurred when Steele and his partner, Hayley Louise Pienaar, aged 37, also known as Hayley Louise Adams, were walking in the middle of Gordon Road and confronted a male driver over who had right of way, before launching an attack on him in Russell Street when he got out of his car to remonstrate with them.
During the fight, Steele used a taser-style device and a knuckleduster to inflict head injuries on the man, before Ms Pienaar was struck by the man after she pursued him as he tried to get away.
She fell to the floor, sustaining a fatal head injury, seconds before police officers arrived. Despite medical help, she sadly died at the scene.
Steele and the other man were both arrested, with the subsequent investigation showing the man had acted in self-defence. As a result, no further action was taken over his part in the incident.
However Steele, of Mill Road, Kettering, was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a prohibited article and possession of a taser-type device, and was convicted following a trial at Leicester Crown Court earlier this year.
Today, Thursday, May 6, he was sentenced to a total of six and a half years in prison for his part in the incident.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Joe Banfield, of EMSOU, said: “Wayne Steele was clearly shown to be the aggressor in this incident, and was carrying two dangerous weapons which he freely used to try to inflict serious injuries on a man who had simply been trying to drive home after work.
“I’m sure no-one involved ever imagined that someone could die as a result of this confrontation, but sadly this case is a tragic example of how any use of violence can so easily result in fatal injury.
“Our thoughts remain with Hayley’s family and friends as they mourn her loss.”
The knuckleduster recovered by officers following the incident.