Two convicted in connection with 2019 death of Wickford man

A Basildon man has been convicted of the 2019 manslaughter of a man on a night out in Billericay while a co-defendant has been found guilty of assisting an offender

Dennie Griffiths, 28, was convicted of the manslaughter of Matthew Bion when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday September 21, while Jade Chambers, 24, was found guilty of assisting an offender.

VICTIM: Matthew Bion

Matthew Bion, 31, had gone for drinks with his partner and friends at Reid’s bar in Laindon Road, Billericay, on Saturday August 17, 2019.

As Mr Bion and his friends left the bar in the early hours, an argument broke out between two groups who had been in the same venue. One of these groups contained Dennie Griffiths and Jade Chambers.

Mr Bion was attempting to calm the situation when he was punched by Griffiths, causing him to fall to the ground. 

Griffiths then ran away.

An ambulance treated Matthew at the scene for a serious head injury before conveying him to hospital.

When officers arrived, they arrested Jade Chambers, of Hermitage Drive, on suspicion of affray. She had helped Griffiths to leave the scene, thereby avoiding police.

A few hours later, Griffiths was arrested at his home address in Paynters Mead, Basildon, on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Mr Bion, from Wickford, remained in hospital in a serious condition but died of his injuries on Tuesday August 27, 2019.

A post-mortem examination recorded that he died as a result of head injuries.

Following an investigation by the Serious Crime Directorate, Dennie Griffiths was summonsed to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday October 22, 2019 to answer a charge of manslaughter.

Jade Chambers was summonsed to the same court to answer a charge of assisting an offender.

They denied the offences.

On Tuesday September 21, the jury found them both guilty after two days deliberation. Dennie Griffiths was found guilty of manslaughter and Jade Chambers of assisting an offender.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Egerton, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “Matthew Bion was enjoying a night out with friends when he was needlessly assaulted, sustaining a serious head injury that ultimately cost him his life. 

“He was a completely innocent party.

“The actions of Dennie Griffiths will have a lifelong impact on Matthew’s family, his partner, children and all those who witnessed what happened that night.”

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Mick Ferris

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