A Great Denham man who delivered fatal blows to a man outside a shop in Kempston has been sentenced to eight years and six months for manslaughter.
Ferhan Khan, 39, was sentenced today (Friday) at Luton Crown Court after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Michael Havil.
The 57-year-old was found dead at his home address in Kempston on Sunday 14 May, following events which happened on the day prior.
On 13 May, Michael was visiting a convenience store in Bedford Road when he was approached by his ex-partner. An argument then broke out between the two.
Whilst they were arguing, a vehicle pulled over and Khan exited, and approached Michael. Without warning, he struck Michael three times causing him to lose his footing and fall to the ground.
Michael pleaded with him to stop, unable to get himself back up.
Khan then left the scene without making any attempt to check Michael’s welfare or to even check he was breathing.
Police and ambulance services attended shortly after and checked Michael over, however he refused further medical treatment and police support. They provided him with a taxi to ensure he got home safely.
The following morning, someone who witnessed the assault was concerned that Michael had not carried out his usual morning routine and contacted the police after he was unable to get hold of him.
Michael was found dead in his property shortly after.
The incident outside the convenience store was captured on CCTV, showing Khan launch the attached, which led detectives to arrest him shortly after.
Khan, of Cantley Road, Great Denham, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in November.
Detective Constable Lisa Whitson, from Bedfordshire Police’s Crime Investigation Department, said: “This was a brutal, vicious and completely unprovoked attack which cost a man his life.
“Khan, who only loosely knew Michael, saw red and went into a fit of rage, for reasons only he truly knows, and he will now pay his price behind bars.
“I hope that today’s sentence shows that violence such as this won’t be tolerated in Bedfordshire, and we will work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice. Our thoughts remain with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident.”