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Men jailed for robbery in which victim died
1:15pm Wednesday 12th September 2012 in News
Two men have been jailed for at least 12 years their part in a Southend robbery in which the victim died.
Southwalk Crown Court today gave John Nafzger, 40, of Westbury Road, Southend, an indeterminate sentence for the manslaughter of Christopher Ryan last November.
He must serve a minimum of seven years.
Christopher Walker, 24, of Mansted Garden, Rochford, was given a five-year sentence for robbery.
Mr Ryan, 45, was found with serious head injuries inside his flat in Coleman Street on November 17. He died in hospital a few days later.
During a three-week trial, the court had heard that the two men went to Mr Ryan’s home to steal cannabis plants they knew he was cultivating. They waited near Mr Ryan’s flat and Nafzger attacked him when he returned home and opened the front door. He was left with severe head injuries.
Senior investigating officer DI Martin Pasmore, of Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said after the hearing: "John Nafzger has a long history of violence and drug-related crime. Hopefully the indeterminate sentence will ensure that he is not released until he is no longer a danger to the public and in particular to vulnerable people like Christopher Ryan.
"I hope Mr Ryan’s family will gain a level of closure from this sentence and can move on with their lives.
"The judge accepted that Walker played no part in the violence used against Mr Ryan and that he was led by Nafzger in committing the robbery and the sentence reflects this. I hope that without the influence of Nafzger, Walker carves out a decent life for himself when he is released from prison.”
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