JAILED: Fugitive who admitted killing Bournemouth dad Clive Wilcox sentenced to five years and one month (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Fugitive Daniel Scott is jailed after pleading guilty to killing Clive Wilcox 12 years ago
A FUGITIVE who admitted killing Bournemouth father Clive Wilcox 12 years ago with a “haymaker punch” has today been jailed for five years and one month.
Daniel Scott, 33, pleaded guilty last month to the manslaughter of the dad-of-two after more than a decade on the run abroad.
He was only caught on June 13 this year when he tried to get back into the country at St Pancras International Station using a fake passport.
Detectives suspected Scott was responsible for Clive’s death but said it was just a waiting game until he returned to England.
Judge Guy Boney QC handed Scott a two year nine month prison sentence for Clive’s manslaughter and two years and four months for possessing and using a false passport.
Clive, 42, died after being punched once during an altercation with Scott and a group of youths outside the One Stop shop in Winton on Friday May 4, 2001.
The tragedy unfolded when Clive and his wife Angie called into the store on Moordown Road, which is now a Tesco Express, to buy cigarettes on their way home from an evening out with two other friends.
As they left the shop they were confronted by the gang.
Following an exchange of words, Clive was punched by Scott and fell backwards hitting his head on the ground.
The lift engineer suffered a serious head injury and died the following day at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
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Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, told Winchester Crown Court that there were many witnesses to the incident giving varying versions of what happened.
One said he heard Mr Wilcox say “do you want a fight?” and “who is the biggest?”
Another independent witness said he saw Mr Wilcox walk away following a confrontation with the youths and as he did so Scott swung a massive punch, described as “haymaker”. The same witness said he then saw Scott make a “Prince Naseem action” with his arms before running away.
Mrs Maylin said Scott made no comment replies in police interview but gave a prepared statement in which he claimed he was acting as “peacemaker” between Clive Wilcox’s group and his associates. He said he acted in self defence because Mr Wilcox was “acting aggressively” and he feared he was about to be “violently assaulted”.
In his statement, Scott said he was “devastated to learn that Mr Wilcox had died. He had no intention of killing him or causing serious bodily harm”.
Clive’s widow Angie Laundon said in a victim impact statement that she was never able to return to the home she shared with Clive, whom she described as “the light of my life”.
Mrs Maylin said Scott had tried to get into the country on June 13 using a false passport in the name of Lee Bradley Kavanagh.
Scott had returned on a Eurostar train from Brussels to be with his girlfriend who was heavily pregnant with his child.
The court heard Scott, formerly of Bournemouth, had a long list of previous convictions and was out on licence having been jailed for three years in December 1999 for GBH with intent.
Hugh Mullan, representing Scott, said the haymaker punch was not accepted.
He said Scott had been in and out of trouble with the police at the time and had gone “off the rails”.
“He is a different man now – much older and much wiser.”
He said his client was genuinely remorseful and had written a heartfelt letter to Clive’s widow.
“He describes how he is absolutely sorry for his conduct, how he accepts full responsibility. He says it will never leave him and how he understands the impact his conduct has had on her life.
“He apologises for the delay in her having closure.”
Sentencing, Judge Boney told Scott that he accepted there may have been an element of provocation from Clive Wilcox and the punch was not premeditated and he did not intend to kill him.
“He lost his life at your hands.”
He added: “You used that false passport to get into this country with the intention of evading justice. You used it for serious criminal purposes.”
Speaking outside court, Angie said she thought the sentence was "fair".
She added: "Daniel Scott will never suffer the loss we have. When he comes out of prison he can start his life and his family over again. I will never have that chance with Clive.
"I can never forgive him at the moment - it doesn't matter what he says."
Angie said seeing justice served after 12 long years is a great relief.
"I can now hold my head up high that I have finally got justice for him."
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