Kevin Tripp’s killer to be sentenced

The man who killed ME campaigner Kevin Tripp with a single blow in a London supermarket this summer is to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on December 5.

Tony Virasami, aged 36, pleaded guilty to manslaughter when he appeared in the court last Thursday (November 6).  He hit Mr Tripp – who had run the ME ‘Kickback’ website – in a case of mistaken identity.

Mr Virasami, of Sedgehill Road, Catford, south London, was remanded in custody until he returns to court.

His partner, Antoinette Richardson, called Virasami to Sainsbury’s supermarket in Merton, south west London, after she was involved in a queue-jumping row with another shopper. She pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and was remanded on bail to face trial on February 16.

The court was told that Virasami thought Mr Tripp was the man involved in the argument with his partner and that he struck him with an open palm. Mr Tripp died after his head struck the ground.

The couple were originally charged with murder but the prosecution told an earlier hearing that it would not proceed with those particular charges.

Kevin Tripp, who was 57, was a structural engineer by profession and had lived in Wimbledon with his long-term partner Josephine James. The couple had a five-year-old daughter named Rianna.

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