Man sentenced for manslaughter after assault on Pitsea grandfather over £25

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A man has admitted killing a grandfather after assaulting him over a £25 debt.

Edward Roberts has admitted to the manslaughter of James Robinson in Pitsea.

James, also known as ‘Jimbo’, was assaulted in the Malyons Mews area of Pitsea on Wednesday September 15, 2021.

The 68-year-old sustained serious injuries in the assault and was taken to hospital for treatment, but died in hospital the following day.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of a traumatic head injury.

Officers subsequently arrested Edward Roberts, now 48, of St Mary’s Crescent, Pitsea, on suspicion of carrying out the assault.

During a search of his home, a number of items were seized, and police were able to forensically link him to the incident.

Roberts was then charged with Mr Robinson’ murder. He denied the charge and a trial was due to begin yesterday, Monday July 11, at Basildon Crown Court.

However, before proceedings began, Roberts pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

His plea was accepted by the judge.

During a hearing this afternoon, he was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. He will serve two-thirds of his sentence before he can be released.

In a statement, Mr Robinson’s daughter said: “This has been a long traumatic experience and I am relieved it is over so I can try to move on in life.

“Dad will always be in our memories and hearts.”

Detective Chief Inspector Julie Gowen, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, has led our investigation.

She said: “James died after Edward Roberts’ senseless assault on him near to his home in Pitsea.

“That needless assault took place simply because Roberts believed James owed him £25.

“James attended hospital and received treatment for his injuries. However, his condition deteriorated and, tragically, he never recovered.

“James was a father, a grandfather, a brother and a friend and he is sorely missed by his family and friends.

“I am pleased today that his family will now have the opportunity to move forward, knowing Roberts is being punished for his actions.”

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