11:15am Tuesday 13th March 2012
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A teenager who killed pensioner Richard Mannington Bowes during the London riots has been named as Darrell Desuze after an order banning his identification was lifted.
The 17-year-old had been protected because of his age but a judge removed the order at Inner London Crown Court a day after he admitted manslaughter.
Desuze, of Bath Road, Hounslow, punched Richard Mannington Bowes to the ground on August 8 last year during rioting in Ealing, west London.
Mr Bowes, who had been trying to put out a fire in a dustbin near his home, suffered brain damage when his head hit the pavement. He died three days later in hospital.
Desuze admitted manslaughter when he appeared in court. He also pleaded guilty to violent disorder and had previously admitted burglary at William Hill, Tesco Express, Blockbusters and Fatboys Thai restaurant on August 8.
Mr Justice Saunders said in terms of consequences, it was the most serious crime committed during the riots and the public had a right to know what happened and who killed Mr Bowes, a retired accountant.
Desuze, who a year before the riots enjoyed a school trip to the Metropolitan Police's riot training centre in Gravesend where he watched a simulated riot with officers pelted with bricks, still faces a charge of murder but the Crown will not pursue it and it is expected to lie on file.
Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said on the evening of the killing Desuze, known as Smokey, set off for Harrow with friends. But they headed to Ealing after getting a text from someone anticipating trouble there.
Desuze, wearing sunglasses and a distinctive top saying "Robbers and Villains" was caught on camera kicking in the glass doors of a shopping centre before joining a mob that attacked heavily outnumbered police with missiles around Spring Bridge Road.
The barrister said left-handed Desuze threw his full weight behind a punch to Mr Bowes's jaw, buckling his legs, knocking him unconscious and backwards where his head took the full force of impact on the road. The police were "simply unable to reach Mr Bowes for some minutes because of the violence against them," said Mr Altman.
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