A teenager has been jailed for the manslaughter of Jerald Netto in Ealing.
Police were called shortly after 12:10am on Sunday, 19 March, to reports that a man had been assaulted on Boston Road near to the junction with Uxbridge Road, W7.
Officers were on the scene of the assault in under five minutes leading to the suspect being arrested and charged within 24 hours. That man was 62-year-old Jerald Netto. Following the assault, he was taken to hospital where he died later that day from his injuries.
A 16-year-old boy, now 17 and who cannot be named due to his age, was arrested near the scene. On Friday 26 January he was sentenced at the Old Bailey to twelve months in custody and a further twelve months supervision in the community, as part of a Detention and Training Order of 24 months, for Mr Netto’s manslaughter.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, who led the investigation said: “Officers were on the scene within minutes and initially the suspect ran from them but he was quickly detained in a nearby garden.
“Our investigation showed that this tragic event began with a juvenile prank by the defendant and culminated with a deliberate assault which resulted in the death of Mr Netto.
“There is no excuse for this type of violence, the defendant was not acting in lawful self-defence and our enquiries soon established that his actions that evening were deliberate and disgraceful.
“My thoughts remain with Mr Netto’s family as they continue to come to terms with his death in such appalling circumstances. I know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for them and I hope that now legal proceedings have concluded, they can begin to find some peace.”
In a statement Mr Netto’s family said: “Jerald Netto was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, friend and neighbour. We are left scarred for life. We will never come to terms with what happened to him on that terrible night. In his last moments he was humiliated, taken advantage of, attacked and killed by a sadistic criminal. Our lives will never be the same, we miss him every day and will continue to as each day passes without him in our world.”