Owen Wood jailed for nine years for manslaughter of Liam Holden

Basildon Recorder: Sentenced - Owen Wood Sentenced - Owen Wood

OWEN Wood has been jailed for nine years for killing Liam Holden.

Liam Holden, 35, was killed in the early hours of Sunday, March 10 after Owen Wood attacked him having followed him away from the Euro Lounge nightclub, in Grays.

During the two-week trial Owen Wood, 24, of Godman Road, Chadwell St Mary, said he had punched and kicked Mr Holden, but was acting in ‘self defence’ and ‘never intended to kill him.’ He was found guilty of manslaughter on Friday, October 4.

His younger brother Ryan, 21, was found not guilty of murder by the jury.

Today, Owen Wood was told he would spend nine years behind bars with an extended license of two years, meaning he can be recalled to prison within that period.

Judge Charles Gratwicke said nobody who heard the evidence could feel anything but "revulsion, anger and disgust at the way he behaved that night."

He said: "Whatever happened initially outside that club with Liam Holden had nothing to do with you, and yet you have followed him, as CCTV footage made clear, and intended to inflict violence upon him.

"You engaged in a violent attack on him, punching and kicking him when he was on the floor. The risk of really serious injury is obvious to one and all but such was your desire to inflict violence that you did so with tragic consequences."

Owen Wood has previous convictions for attacking a man in 2006 and attacking a man with a machete in 2007, when he was jailed in the high-security Belmarsh Prison.

Mr Holden died of diffuse axinol injuries - a lethal type of traumatic brain damage.

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4:17pm Fri 29 Nov 13

MattBell says...

9 years with that record?
9 years with that record? MattBell

4:18pm Fri 29 Nov 13

cloud 9 from day 1 says...

If he acted in self defence which I believe he did, apparently Mr Holden got him in a headlock, then I believe he should of been accquited of all charges.
If he acted in self defence which I believe he did, apparently Mr Holden got him in a headlock, then I believe he should of been accquited of all charges. cloud 9 from day 1

4:35pm Fri 29 Nov 13

DannyButcher says...

cloud 9 from day 1 wrote:
If he acted in self defence which I believe he did, apparently Mr Holden got him in a headlock, then I believe he should of been accquited of all charges.
Stamping on someone’s head whilst they are on the floor is enough to show what a piece of scum this mug is. Particularly graphic accounts from a previous article describe the state of the victim : 'He also had an imprint of a shoe on his right temple.'

How a POS can think it is EVER acceptable to stamp on someone's head, and not be prosecuted for it, really shows how warped people can be.

You may think you can have an opinion, but the truth of the matter is that you are wrong, as has been proven extensively in a court of law.
[quote][p][bold]cloud 9 from day 1[/bold] wrote: If he acted in self defence which I believe he did, apparently Mr Holden got him in a headlock, then I believe he should of been accquited of all charges.[/p][/quote]Stamping on someone’s head whilst they are on the floor is enough to show what a piece of scum this mug is. Particularly graphic accounts from a previous article describe the state of the victim : 'He also had an imprint of a shoe on his right temple.' How a POS can think it is EVER acceptable to stamp on someone's head, and not be prosecuted for it, really shows how warped people can be. You may think you can have an opinion, but the truth of the matter is that you are wrong, as has been proven extensively in a court of law. DannyButcher

4:36pm Fri 29 Nov 13

DinooB says...

Self defence! This man is a violent, aggressive murderer. There is a HUGE difference between self defence and murdering a man by causing lethal traumatic brain damage. He deserved longer than 9 years..
Self defence! This man is a violent, aggressive murderer. There is a HUGE difference between self defence and murdering a man by causing lethal traumatic brain damage. He deserved longer than 9 years.. DinooB

10:00am Sat 30 Nov 13

Rochford Rob says...

Had he been properly sentenced for attacking someone with a machete (a machete FFS !!) he'd still be in prison now.

Expect to read about him again in about ten years time.
Had he been properly sentenced for attacking someone with a machete (a machete FFS !!) he'd still be in prison now. Expect to read about him again in about ten years time. Rochford Rob

11:38am Sat 30 Nov 13

pembury53 says...

DinooB wrote:
Self defence! This man is a violent, aggressive murderer. There is a HUGE difference between self defence and murdering a man by causing lethal traumatic brain damage. He deserved longer than 9 years..
incredible to put it mildly ! the definition of murder from a legal perspective needs serious review, as it seems almost impossible to be convicted of it now days unless you use a gun to kill. There are too many acts of savagery like this that simply require the defence to say "my client never intended to kill" and 'ok then, lets call it manslaughter'....... quite simply an utter disgrace and miscarriage of justice against the victim, yet again !
[quote][p][bold]DinooB[/bold] wrote: Self defence! This man is a violent, aggressive murderer. There is a HUGE difference between self defence and murdering a man by causing lethal traumatic brain damage. He deserved longer than 9 years..[/p][/quote]incredible to put it mildly ! the definition of murder from a legal perspective needs serious review, as it seems almost impossible to be convicted of it now days unless you use a gun to kill. There are too many acts of savagery like this that simply require the defence to say "my client never intended to kill" and 'ok then, lets call it manslaughter'....... quite simply an utter disgrace and miscarriage of justice against the victim, yet again ! pembury53

2:06pm Mon 2 Dec 13

goonerboy123 says...

I hope this man suffers real bad inside. razor blades in his grub would be a good one
I hope this man suffers real bad inside. razor blades in his grub would be a good one goonerboy123

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