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Third person sentenced following death of Christopher Hewett

6 Sep 2021
  • A third person has been sentenced following the death of Christopher Hewett in Stevenage.

  • A 15 year old boy has been sentenced for five years having been found guilty of manslaughter.

  • Two other people have previously been sentenced in relation to the incident.

A third person has today (Monday 6 September) been sentenced at St Albans Crown Court in connection with the death of Christopher Hewett in Stevenage.

Thirty one year old Christopher, from Stevenage, died in hospital on the evening of 12 February 2021. He had been attacked in Meadow Way, suffering stab wounds to the chest.

A 15 year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons was sentenced to five years after he was found guilty of manslaughter, having been cleared of murder.

On Friday 27 August two other people were sentenced having previously been found guilty of offences following the three-week trial at Luton Crown Court.

  • Byron Pollock, aged 18, formerly of Meadow Way, was given the equivalent of a life sentence with a minimum term of 19 years before parole would be considered, having been found guilty of murder.
  • Ryan Lee, aged 20, of Wildwood Lane, Stevenage, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison, having been found guilty of assisting offenders.

During the trial, the court had heard how Christopher and his cousin had been walking to his sister’s house when they passed a group of four young people. Words were exchanged between Christopher and one of the group, before he carried on his journey.

A short time later, Christopher and his cousin were approached and attacked on Meadow Way by the 15 year old, who had a baseball bat. While Christopher and the teen were scuffling, Pollock approached with a knife and stabbed Christopher several times.

He subsequently died from his injuries.

The court heard Pollock admit stabbing Christopher stating he had only done so to help the 15 year old escape, and now regretted his actions.

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