Redditch Inmate Jailed For Manslaughter Of Prisoner

14 November 2018, 05:39 | Updated: 14 November 2018, 05:42

Hewell Prison

A man's been jailed for manslaughter, after killing a fellow inmate at HMP Hewell.

39 year old James Johnson punched Luke Derriman in his cell back in January.

Derriman was found unconscious in his cell by prison staff and was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Johnson denied the charge but was found guilty of manslaughter by unanimous verdict.

Detective Inspector James Bayliss from West Mercia Police said: "Prison investigations are by their very nature challenging, and violence like this and in such an establishment will always be thoroughly investigated.

"Luke Derriman sustained a fatal blow and the verdict today shows the severity of the offence committed by James Johnson.

"His death serves to remind us that one punch can have devastating consequences and ultimately - as in this case - can kill.

"This result can in no way bring Luke back and so our thoughts remain with his family and friends."