Cage fighter Damon Wright found guilty of killing Southampton dad Kevin Wyeth in alleyway

Damon Wright

Victim Kevin Wyeth

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A CAGE FIGHTER has been found guilty of killing a Southampton dad who was left to die in an alleyway.

It took the jury at Winchester Crown Court eight hours to find Damon Wright guilty of the manslaughter of Saints groundsman Kevin Wyeth in Woolston last year.

He was cleared of the charge of murder after by a majority decision by the jury after they failed to reach a unanimous decision.

The 32-year-old stood in the dock with his head down flanked by two security guards as the jury of four women and eight men accepted his claim that he acted in self-defence, which was met with cried of “oh no” from Kevin's grieving family who have sat through all of the two-and-a-half-week trial.

The prosecution had claimed that Wright had crept up behind a “defenceless” Kevin who was urinating in an alleyway between Defender Road and Tankerville Road, before raining down a series of brutal blows that quickly rendered his unwitting victim unconscious.

But the jury believed Wright, who said that he only fought with Kevin to protect himself, after bumping into him in the alleyway when Kevin threw the first punch.

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Wright, who was dating Kevin's ex-partner at the time, told the court during the trial that he initially didn't think that Kevin was seriously injured and called for help once he realised Kevin had not woken from his unconscious state.

Despite not wanting to call an ambulance at first because he didn't want to get the police involved, Wright said he knew he had to call an ambulance once the taxi he had called to the scene failed to spot Kevin.

Medics discovered dad-of-three Kevin more than two hours after the fight but despite their efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead soon after.

Judge Guy Boney adjourned sentencing until April 25.

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1:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ASM says...

he bumped into him in an alley? come on guys........of all the places you bump into your girlfriends ex, who happens to attack you and you happen to be wearing your MMA fighting gear. were the jury half wits? or extremely gullible? or both?
I was angered when read about this story the first time because it highlights that thugs think they are above the law and this scum bag proved you can beat someone to death and get off with a short stint in prison if you manipulate our joke of a justice system.
he bumped into him in an alley? come on guys........of all the places you bump into your girlfriends ex, who happens to attack you and you happen to be wearing your MMA fighting gear. were the jury half wits? or extremely gullible? or both? I was angered when read about this story the first time because it highlights that thugs think they are above the law and this scum bag proved you can beat someone to death and get off with a short stint in prison if you manipulate our joke of a justice system. ASM
  • Score: 66

2:12pm Thu 3 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Please no sympathy,he is a killer ,no excuse,or leniency.
Please no sympathy,he is a killer ,no excuse,or leniency. pete woodley
  • Score: 42

2:57pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Horridbloke says...

ASM wrote:
he bumped into him in an alley? come on guys........of all the places you bump into your girlfriends ex, who happens to attack you and you happen to be wearing your MMA fighting gear. were the jury half wits? or extremely gullible? or both? I was angered when read about this story the first time because it highlights that thugs think they are above the law and this scum bag proved you can beat someone to death and get off with a short stint in prison if you manipulate our joke of a justice system.
He hasn't been sentenced yet, so the "short stint in prison" comment is a bit of a leap.
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: he bumped into him in an alley? come on guys........of all the places you bump into your girlfriends ex, who happens to attack you and you happen to be wearing your MMA fighting gear. were the jury half wits? or extremely gullible? or both? I was angered when read about this story the first time because it highlights that thugs think they are above the law and this scum bag proved you can beat someone to death and get off with a short stint in prison if you manipulate our joke of a justice system.[/p][/quote]He hasn't been sentenced yet, so the "short stint in prison" comment is a bit of a leap. Horridbloke
  • Score: -21

3:12pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Leam81 says...

As being one of his ex girlfriends and being on the end of his temper I hope he rots in prison and gets everything he deserves!!
As being one of his ex girlfriends and being on the end of his temper I hope he rots in prison and gets everything he deserves!! Leam81
  • Score: 63

4:39pm Thu 3 Apr 14

fuhamfc12 says...

Look at I'm, he looks like scum, he has made a family suffer by his actions, I hope when he is in prison someone gives him what he deserves, you are evil and you need to rot in hell. You have made so many people suffer.
Look at I'm, he looks like scum, he has made a family suffer by his actions, I hope when he is in prison someone gives him what he deserves, you are evil and you need to rot in hell. You have made so many people suffer. fuhamfc12
  • Score: 24

5:06pm Thu 3 Apr 14

MrPitiful says...

British justice at it's best.

Not.
British justice at it's best. Not. MrPitiful
  • Score: 17

5:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

dustbindanny says...

Let me guess, 4years, out in 2 ? That today ladies and gentlemen is British Justice!
Let me guess, 4years, out in 2 ? That today ladies and gentlemen is British Justice! dustbindanny
  • Score: 16

5:34pm Thu 3 Apr 14

O'Reilly says...

Well...........he will be able to do all the cage fighting he wants now.
Well...........he will be able to do all the cage fighting he wants now. O'Reilly
  • Score: 10

6:21pm Thu 3 Apr 14

mythoughts! says...

planned attack with fatal consequences, I know where he belongs
planned attack with fatal consequences, I know where he belongs mythoughts!
  • Score: 17

7:17pm Thu 3 Apr 14

clarenoy says...

i knew kevin and went to school with his family, all his friends and family are devestated by todays verdict rip kev gone but never forgotten xxx
i knew kevin and went to school with his family, all his friends and family are devestated by todays verdict rip kev gone but never forgotten xxx clarenoy
  • Score: 20

11:28am Fri 4 Apr 14

skydriver says...

Let's hope it's 30 years minimum without parole.
Good job Wigg will not be doing the sentence he would only give him about 3 days, all because he spent 10 minutes in the army!!!!
Let's hope it's 30 years minimum without parole. Good job Wigg will not be doing the sentence he would only give him about 3 days, all because he spent 10 minutes in the army!!!! skydriver
  • Score: 2

2:28pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ScoobyVic says...

Surely not calling the emergency services and leaving him to be found 2hrs later contributed to his death?
Surely not calling the emergency services and leaving him to be found 2hrs later contributed to his death? ScoobyVic
  • Score: 4

8:16pm Fri 4 Apr 14

GeorgeW64 says...

seems like an open and shut murder case to anyone with an ounce of brains, where did they get this jury from ? Unbelievable.
seems like an open and shut murder case to anyone with an ounce of brains, where did they get this jury from ? Unbelievable. GeorgeW64
  • Score: 2

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