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Teenager sentenced for manslaughter of Richard Day in Ipswich's St Matthews Street




A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to more than three years for the manslaughter of Richard Day last year.

Andrea Cristea pleaded guilty to manslaughter and violent disorder at a previous hearing at Ipswich Crown Court in August.

Yesterday he was sentenced to three years and 10 months in a Young Offenders' Institution.

Andrea Cristea has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in a Young Offenders Institution. Picture: Suffolk Police
Andrea Cristea has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in a Young Offenders Institution. Picture: Suffolk Police

It comes after Mr Day, from Ipswich, was assaulted outside Kebapizza in the town's St Matthews Street on February 22, 2020.

The 45 year old was found lying on the ground shortly after midnight by police, who administered first aid until paramedics arrived.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead two days later.

A post-mortem examination, held on February 25, 2020, determined that he had suffered a traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage caused by the tearing of an artery on the left side of his neck.

Cristea and two other teenagers, all of whom were 16 at the time of the assault, were charged with manslaughter and violent disorder.

The two other teens, who are also now 17, were acquitted of manslaughter on September 4. The jury were unable to reach a majority verdict on the violent disorder charge.

Three days later, one of the teenagers pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was sentenced to a 10-month youth rehabilitation order, 40 hours of unpaid work and a three-month curfew.

The other boy is awaiting a hearing for violent disorder later this year.

Cristea can now be named after reporting restrictions were lifted, but the two other boys cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale, senior investigating officer with the major investigation team, said: "Richard Day was a much loved and well-respected son, brother, family member, friend and colleague.

"Richie had enjoyed a sociable day with family and friends on Saturday, February 22, 2020. He left the Premier Pool Club late that night intending to walk home through the town centre. He had walked a considerable distance, bought food and passed numerous people without issue, until he encountered three teenagers. Tragically, Richie was assaulted and inflicted with an injury that he could never recover from.

"This sentence will provide a stage of closure for Richie’s family, friends and colleagues. I would like to thank his family who have shown tremendous courage, dignity and humility throughout.

"The consequences of this attack have caused devastation beyond measure.”

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