”... when the trial opens there'll be a lot of contrasts between the worthwhile, selfless life of Mr Tripp and the lifestyle of the worthless scum that killed him.”Well, sadly, I was right:
The full extent of the couple's criminal life can now be revealed for the first after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter.And her annoyance with another man over a queue-jumping allegation claimed the life of an innocent bystander.
Virasami - who has a string of convictions for petty theft and handling stolen goods dating back 20 years - was under a curfew and on bail for shoplifting. He was wearing an electronic tag when he launched the unprovoked attack.
Richardson has a 16-year criminal record. She has previously received community orders, conditional discharges and fines, for charges including deception, handling stolen goods and theft.
And even the intended target of her ire is no angel:
At the supermarket, she argued with a teenager over queue-jumping, then used a mobile phone to summon Virasami, seeking revenge against the teenager.While by contrast, Mr Tripp was the ideal neighbour:
Her intended target was 19-year-old Adam Prendergast, a graffiti vandal who lists his favourite sport as "sprinting from the police".
Mr Tripp, a building surveyor, was the father of a five-year-old daughter. He has been described as 'kind, quiet and never remotely likely to be involved in violence.'The UK is the poorer today, both for having lost him, and for the inadequate justice system that lets these wastes of oxygen commit crime after crime after crime with no consequence or punishment....
Although six foot tall he weighed only nine stone and, after recovering from polio in childhood, had battled for 20 years against the debilitating affliction ME.
Mr Tripp, of Colliers Wood, was a tireless campaigner for a greater understanding of ME, now known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
He wrote a self help group newsletter-for fellow sufferers in West London, always urging them 'never to give up'.