Man jailed for eight years after beating Ben Mahoney to death in Dartford takeaway
PUBLISHED: 15:48 20 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 20 September 2013
A man has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of beating electrician Ben Mahoney to death in a Dartford takeaway.
Edward Ives, of no fixed address, killed the 30-year-old following a fight in the House on the Hill kebab shop, in East Hill.
He was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court today.
Mr Mahoney, of Newtown, arrived at the takeaway at around 11.10pm on April 12 after an evening at a local pub with friends.
He was talking with staff, who knew him well, when Ives walked in with a friend and demanded a kebab. Mr Mahoney asked Ives to stop being rude to staff when he became aggressive.
The pair had an argument leading to Mr Mahoney throwing a punch at Ives. The defendant took off his jacket before attacking the victim with both fists.
Ives chased Mr Mahoney behind the counter, where he punched him repeatedly in the head and face. The victim them tried to get to his knees before losing consciousness.
Before leaving the premises, Ives demanded £30 compensation from the kebab store for a tear to his sleeve. Frightened staff handed over money before Ives and his friend left the shop.
Emergency services were called, but Mr Mahoney could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination later revealed the cause of death to be a bleed on the brain caused by a head injury.
Police arrested Ives at a friend’s home, in Ronan’s View, within an hour-and-a-half and found him hiding under a bed with two children sleeping in it.
Mr Mahoney’s mother, Barbara, released a statement paying tribute to her son.
She said: “Since April 13 this year when Ben was taken from us, our family and friend’s lives have completely changed, as we have lost an important person. Ben will never be out of our thoughts.
“Personally for me I have lost a loving son and friend whom I cherished. He was always there for me, even more so since he and his brother lost their Dad.
“This has left me heartbroken. I will never get over this, but we will as a family learn to live with this and cherish our memories of Ben.
“Ben was always happy and always smiling. This is how everyone remembers him.
“The sentence that the person responsible receives will never be enough for the loss of my son.”