Kevin Tripp’s death – pair jailed

A man and a woman have been jailed over the death of an innocent shopper who had ME in a queue-jumping row in south London.

Antoinette Richardson was jailed for 18 months and ex-boyfriend Tony Virasami received four years for manslaughter.

Southwark Crown Court heard she called him to a Sainsbury’s store in Merton where he hit Kevin Tripp, a bystander who had nothing to do with the dispute.

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC said the sentences reflected the "shock and concern felt by the public at large".

Outside court Mr Tripp’s partner Josie James said: "It’s not long enough. They took Kevin’s life."

Father-of-one Mr Tripp, 57, from Colliers Wood, south-west London, died when the "almighty blow" caused him to fall and fracture his skull, causing bleeding on the brain.

Virasami pleaded guilty to manslaughter but Richardson had denied the charge. Both are from Sedgehill Road, Catford, south-east London.

The time the pair have spent in remand will be deducted from their sentences.

As they have been in custody since June last year, it was unclear whether Richardson has any of her sentence left to serve.

 

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