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Manslaughter accused jailed for eight-and-a-half years after pensioner death

Posted on 29th September 2017

A man who attacked a pensioner after an argument about money has been locked up for eight-and-a-half years for his manslaughter.

Ryan Belfon visited the home of 86-year-old Derek Levers, in Station Road, Ilkeston, and asked to borrow some cash.

When Mr Levers refused, a struggle ensued and Belfon, aged 32, snatched the pensioner’s wallet.

A short time later, Mr Levers collapsed on his doorstep and despite receiving treatment by members of the public and paramedics, he later died.

Belfon, of Stapleton Road, Ilkeston, evaded capture for a number of days following the incident, which happened on May 14th this year.

When he was arrested a few days later, he resisted arrest and assaulted a police officer who was trying to detain him.

He was subsequently charged with manslaughter, assaulting a police officer, criminal damage and fraud offences, which relate to him using a bank card belonging to Mr Levers.

Detective Superintendent Gareth Meadows, who led the investigation, said: “Derek Levers was an 86 year old man enjoying retirement after working all his life as a builder. He had lived in Ilkeston for many decades.

“Ryan Belfon abused Derek’s good nature and trust. He went to his home address on a Sunday morning and when Derek would not lend him money, he decided he would take it.

“He assaulted an old man who collapsed moments later. Belfon then went on to use Derek’s bank cards for his own personal gain as Derek lay in hospital losing his fight for life.

“Belfon has demonstrated he is a selfish and callous individual and I am pleased the court has seen fit to impose this custodial sentence. I hope this can give Derek’s family, his friends and the people of Ilkeston some comfort in their terrible loss.”

Belfon was due to stand trial next month but appeared at Derby Crown Court today, where he changed his plea to guilty.

He was sentenced immediately to eight-and-a-half years in prison, seven-and-a-half of which were for the manslaughter charge.

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