Man jailed for manslaughter in Westciff

A man has been jailed after admitting killing James Avis in Westcliff.

Radu Ciobanu assaulted Mr Avis during a fight in Hainault Avenue at around 10.35pm on Saturday September 25.

They had spent the afternoon and evening drinking with a group of other people. During the afternoon 24 year-old Ciobanu and Mr Avis, who was 35, got into an argument and Ciobanu headbutted him.

James Avis died in hospital after a fight

Investigating offices were told they resolved their differences but got into another argument later on in the evening at which point Ciobanu suggested they settle the matter through a fight.

They then left the address and Cobanu, of Kings Chase, Witham, punched Mr Avis causing him to fall to the floor, hitting his head.

James was taken to hospital and Ciobanu was initially arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent. Mr Avis later died and Ciobanu was further arrested on suspicion of murder and later charged with manslaughter.

He pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court on Monday November 15 and at the same court today (Friday November 19) was jailed for 12 years.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Louise Metcalfe, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “James Avis’ death was a needless and preventable tragedy.

“Radu Ciobanu did not intend to kill James but, ultimately, his actions had fatal consequences.

“This case highlights how violence of any kind can end in tragedy. You don’t have to go out with the intent to cause someone’s death for an altercation to end up in heartbreak.

“The family of the victim is left having lost a loved one, and the person responsible goes to prison and has to live with what they have done for the rest of their life.”


Mick Ferris

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