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Crayford brothers jailed for killing man over ‘trivial’ pub argument

PUBLISHED: 15:52 06 March 2017

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It follows an incident in August last year

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Two brothers have been jailed for killing a man they got into an argument with at a pub last year.

James Weeks, 27 and his brother, 29-year-old Peter Weeks were found guilty of manslaughter following a ten-day trial last week.

The court heard how 49-year-old Ian O’Mahoney was killed after a fight broke out on the high street on Sunday, August 28.

Earlier that evening, Mr O’Mahoney and a friend had gone to the Draughts pub in Eltham High Street.

Whilst inside, the pair traded insults with one of the brothers.

Both men then left the pub at around 10pm, and Mr O’Mahoney’s friend was attacked by the two brothers.

Trying to fend off the attackers, Mr O’Mahoney became caught up in the fight, with witnesses claiming he was thrown to the ground and hit his head during the attack.

Split up, Mr O’Mahoney and his friend both made their own way to the house they shared, where he was discovered in the hallway of his home on Churchbury Road at around 1am.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The brothers, both from Farm Place in Crayford handed themselves into a police station in the days after the assault.

They were charged with murder, but found not guilty.

Peter Weeks was sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years while James Weeks was handed a six-year prison sentence.

Det insp Ian Lott of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “This was a senseless attack that began over a trivial exchange of words. Ian’s death has devastated his family.

“This fight has had tragic consequences for Ian, his family and friends and has resulted in two men being sent to prison for his manslaughter.”

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