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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Man guilty of manslaughter in New Addington



39 year old Jason Lodge [pictured] was convicted yesterday at the Old Bailey following the death of 55 year old Mr Petch.

Sentencing takes place on Thursday.

The court heard on the evening of Saturday the 14th of April last year, Lodge had been out drinking.

At around 11.30pm, he went looking for Mr Petch and located his maisonette at Fieldway, New Addington.

The door was open and he found him in his bedroom.

Lodge punched him and then stamped and kicked him to the head several times after he fell to the floor.

Father of nine Mr Petch was taken to Croydon University Hospital with a fractured skull that led to bleeding on the brain.

His condition deteriorated and he died on Wednesday the 18th of April from severe head injuries.

He also had fractures to both cheek bones, caused by stamping, and extensive bruising to his body.

Lodge initially fled to Rye in Kent but attended Croydon police station later and was arrested and subsequently charged.

The court heard Lodge had visited Mr Petch because the victim had allegedly been selling cocaine to his partner's sister, who was unwell, and he wanted him to stop. Lodge's partner claimed Mr Petch attacked Lodge with a baseball bat and he acted in self-defence.
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