Man jailed over boxing fan’s death at youth world title fight


LONDON: convicted drug dealer who knifed to death a boxing fan after a youth world title fight has been jailed for 14 years for manslaughter. Tyrone Andrew, 22, was acquitted of murder after a jury decided he had not intended really serious harm when he jogged up behind 19-year-old Reagan Asbury and plunged a knife into his neck, severing an artery.
Jurors also cleared Andrew, of St Helen’s Street, Derby, of taking a knife to the scene after hearing that he attacked Mr Asbury moments after stabbing another victim during disorder outside Walsall Town Hall. Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Simon Drew QC said the stabbing of 19- year-old Reagan Asbury was a “deliberate and focused” blow aimed at an obviously unarmed victim.
The judge added that Mr Asbury was also facing away from Andrew, who claimed to have lashed out in self-defense while fearing for his life. Andrew fled the country following the killing after being helped by fellow Derby men Ryandeep Sidhu and Declan Kemp-Francis, who were each jailed for 30 months for perverting the course of justice.
CCTV footage played to jurors during the trial showed Andrew running up behind Mr Asbury and stabbing him once, after violence spilled out of Walsall Town Hall. After the stabbing, Andrew left the country in the early hours of the following day, flying to Holland and then travelling on to Barcelona in Spain, from where he was extradited in December last year. Jurors convicted Sidhu, 22, of Lid gate Close, Derby, of perverting the course of justice by taking possession of the knife used to kill Mr Asbury. Kemp-Francis, 24, of Dickens Square, Sunny Hill, Derby, was acquitted of violent disorder but was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by driving Andrew back to Derby from Was all. A fourth defendant, Lavelle Patrice, 22, of Haven wood Grove, Little over, was cleared of violent disorder. Andrew, who has previous convictions for a wounding involving a knife and for possession of heroin and cocaine, showed no obvious emotion as he was sentenced.