A man has admitted killing an innocent bystander after a queue-jumping row in a supermarket.Although it’s for the lesser offence, of course:
Tony Virasami, 38, killed 57-year-old engineer Kevin Tripp with a single blow in a case of mistaken identity.
Virasami admitted manslaughter at the Old Bailey after the prosecution agreed to drop a charge of murder.And the judge is getting his leniency speech down pat in readiness:
The family of the victim, who leaves behind a five-year-old daughter, left the court in distress after the decision.
Judge David Paget QC said: "Whatever may be said about how it happened, in the end it was one blow and not with a weapon.Perhaps Judge Paget might be less inclined to be lenient if Mr Tripp had been the victim of a ‘hate crime’?
"This was a tragic incident. It was clearly a tragic mistake that Mr Tripp was fatally injured.'"
Or perhaps my fears will be unfounded, and he will regard the death of an innocent man at the hands of a violent thug in an unprovoked attack as just as much ‘an awful waste of life for absolutely nothing’…