Drug dealer convicted of manslaughter after assault on man over £10 debt
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A man has been convicted of manslaughter over the 2018 death of Rushden man Phillip Brown, after he was viciously assaulted over a £10 debt.
Gurprit Singh Bains, aged 42, was found guilty after a trial at Northampton Crown Court, which heard how he set about Mr Brown, aged 51, in the stairwell of a block of flats on November 12, 2018, in a dispute over a minor drug debt.
After being left lying seriously injured on the stairs at Horrell Court by Bains, Mr Brown was rushed to hospital where he was found to have two fractured ribs, which became infected and 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, and detectives soon uncovered Bains had been selling drugs to Mr Brown, who in the lead up to the assault had accrued a £30 debt.
The trial heard how despite Mr Brown repaying £20, Bains assaulted him over the remaining £10 debt as he walked with a friend towards the friend’s flat, shouting ‘Where is my money?’ as he attacked Mr Brown, causing two broken ribs.
After Mr Brown died in hospital subsequent forensic examinations established the chain of events leading from the rib injuries that ended in Mr Brown’s death.
In December 2020, Bains, of Shannon Close, Rushden, was charged with manslaughter and today, Thursday, November 18, the jury found him to be responsible for Mr Brown’s death after a little over three hours of deliberation.
Speaking after the hearing, senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Pete Long, of the Major Crime Team, said: “I am so pleased that the jury have concluded that Gurprit Singh Bains is responsible for the untimely death of Phillip Brown.
“Bains preyed on vulnerable people, selling them drugs and exploiting their addictions, including using physical strength to enforce against the debts they inevitably accrued, which is what ultimately led to Mr Brown’s death.
“I hope the verdict brings some comfort and closure to Mr Brown’s family, who have conducted themselves with dignity and composure throughout the whole process of securing justice for their loved one.”
Bains, who had also entered guilty pleas to three counts relating to the possession and supply of class A drugs and two charges relating to the possession of criminal property, was remanded in custody and will return to court within the next two weeks for sentence.