Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man who killed neighbour for laughing at his ‘man boobs’ gets jail for life

Ben Kendall

A man who killed his neighbour after he made fun of his "man boobs" has today been jailed for life, police said.

Gary Brown, 38, killed Roger Berwick by beating him with a chair leg and later told Chelmsford Crown Court that he became angry because the 66-year-old former barrister would not stop laughing at his "moobs".

Mr Brown had denied the murder but was today sentenced to serve at least 14 and a half years of a life sentence after a jury convicted him of the killing earlier today.

During his trial, Mr Brown said he had been drinking with Mr Berwick in his bedsit when his friend began laughing at him and insulting his mother.

The scuffle began after Mr Berwick mocked Brown's "man boobs", the defendant, who handed himself in to police, told Chelmsford Crown Court.

"I asked him to leave but he didn't," he said. "He kept laughing and got up and had this shot glass in his hand and he went for me with it.

"I hit him about three times. I remember hitting him and that's it."

Mr Berwick was left with a serious head injury, 25 fractures to his ribs, a broken breast bone, broken jaw, broken arm and broken finger.

Detective Chief Inspector Godfrey O'Toole, from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate said: "Roger Berwick was a frail and vulnerable man.

"In January this year he died as a result of the terrible injuries inflicted upon him during a sustained and brutal attack by the defendant, Gary Brown.

Peter Hatt, a friend of Mr Berwick, said: "Roger was an only child and came from East Ham. He will be remembered as a character with a great sense of humour."

Mr Hatt, who has attended every day of the trial, added: "I am satisfied that justice has been done for Roger."

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