Accused riot killer refused bail
A 16-year-old boy accused of killing a pensioner who tried to put out fires started by rioters in Ealing was refused bail at the Old Bailey yesterday. The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, allegedly punched Richard Mannington Bowes in the face, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the ground.
The 68-year-old was attacked at about 10.30pm on Monday August 8 near his home in Ealing, west London, after being surrounded by a group of youths. Mr Bowes never regained consciousness and died in hospital on August 11.
The youth was arrested at his home and was later charged with murder, violent disorder and four counts of burglary. He appeared in court alongside his mother, who has been charged with perverting the course of justice.
Mr Mannington Bowes has been hailed as a ‘community hero’ for trying to stop youths setting fire to bins during Monday night’s riots. His sister, Anne Wilderspin, 73, of Matlock Bath, said that she was proud of her brother Richard Mannington Bowes’ actions and has called for rioters to find ‘real purpose’ in their lives.