Three locked up for killing of Pontypool cyclist

Three locked up for killing of Pontypool cyclist

DIED: John Reeder

LOCKED UP: Deon Morgan

JAILED: Andrew Vass

LOCKED UP: Casey Coslett

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A TRIO who were today locked up for the manslaughter of a Gwent cyclist did not foresee the "catastrophic injury" which killed him, a judge has said.

But Judge Eleri Rees told Cardiff Crown Court that it would have been "obvious" to them that by chasing 63-year-old cyclist John Reeder down a hill in Pontnewynydd last year, that it was "a dangerous situation".

Deon Morgan, 20, of no fixed address, and Andrew Vass, 26, of Upland Drive, Trevethin, were found guilty after a trial in April this year of the manslaughter of Mr Reeder, which happened when he sustained fatal head injuries coming off his bike in the early hours of August 7, 2013.

Casey Coslett, 20, who had been 19 years of age and living at a homeless hostel in Pontnewynydd at the time of Mr Reeder's death, pleaded guilty to manslaughter at a hearing in February this year.

A fourth defendant charged with manslaughter, Kieran Allcock, 18, of no fixed address, was acquitted.

Today at sentencing the court heard that Morgan, Vass and Coslett had been drinking cider and taking the drug mephedrone, known as meow meow, until the early hours of August 7.

Morgan spotted Mr Reeder - who she had allegedly assaulted weeks previously - on his bike and in two groups the three defendants had started chasing him down a hill, with Vass shouting at him to stop.

A similar incident had happened the night before involving the same defendants and Mr Reeder, but on that occasion he had got away, the court heard.

Judge Rees said that Morgan was running side to side "like a goalkeeper" and Coslett, who was coming up the hill, stepped out in front of Mr Reeder, causing him to come off his bike.

Mr Reeder lay motionless in the road while the defendants ran off.

Vass and Morgan were found in a park inside a sleeping bag and arrested the next morning, while Coslett was arrested a short time later.

"There is no evidence that you were lying in wait for Mr Reeder, but you knew he would be in fear of you," said Judge Rees.

"Unlawful violence may have been unplanned, but if you had caught him he would have been subject to some physical violence.

"None of you foresaw the catastrophic injury he sustained, but it would have been obvious that by chasing him and forcing him to cycle as fast as he could that this was a dangerous situation," she said.

"You each played your part."

Judge Rees described the sentencing as difficult.

She sentenced Morgan, who burst into tears when she was sentenced, to five years' detention, and gave Vass five years in jail.

Coslett was sentenced to three years and nine months' detention. All three must pay a victim surcharge upon release.

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1:31pm Tue 10 Jun 14

chelsea1970 says...

Yet another death due to the affects of drugs . May not have been planned but the affects and heartache is the same .
Yet another death due to the affects of drugs . May not have been planned but the affects and heartache is the same . chelsea1970
  • Score: 11

5:10pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Abertillery29 says...

Another joke set of sentences from a Crown Court judge. What price a humans life in this country now? If you take another persons life you should forfeit a large portion of yours and a life sentence should mean that you die in prison as your victim had their life snuffed out.
Another joke set of sentences from a Crown Court judge. What price a humans life in this country now? If you take another persons life you should forfeit a large portion of yours and a life sentence should mean that you die in prison as your victim had their life snuffed out. Abertillery29
  • Score: 40

5:54pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

"A TRIO who were today locked up for the manslaughter of a Gwent cyclist did not foresee the "catastrophic injury" which killed him, a judge has said"
Well, no, because they are half-wit creatures of the underclass. But doesn't that make them MORE dangerous in future, so they should be locked up longer ? Those with the ability to perceive the likely result of their actions, the rest of the Welsh Nation, wouldn't have done what this barrow load of chimps did, would they?
"A TRIO who were today locked up for the manslaughter of a Gwent cyclist did not foresee the "catastrophic injury" which killed him, a judge has said" Well, no, because they are half-wit creatures of the underclass. But doesn't that make them MORE dangerous in future, so they should be locked up longer ? Those with the ability to perceive the likely result of their actions, the rest of the Welsh Nation, wouldn't have done what this barrow load of chimps did, would they? Dai Rear
  • Score: 29

6:21pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Newport Dave says...

Abertillery29 wrote:
Another joke set of sentences from a Crown Court judge. What price a humans life in this country now? If you take another persons life you should forfeit a large portion of yours and a life sentence should mean that you die in prison as your victim had their life snuffed out.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]Abertillery29[/bold] wrote: Another joke set of sentences from a Crown Court judge. What price a humans life in this country now? If you take another persons life you should forfeit a large portion of yours and a life sentence should mean that you die in prison as your victim had their life snuffed out.[/p][/quote]Well said. Newport Dave
  • Score: 20

7:26pm Tue 10 Jun 14

kez1968 says...

Another joke sentence, a harmless man, who's last few moments were spent harassed and terrified by these scum, a really sad story, I hope these three use there time in prison wisely, maybe learning to use soap and spot cream, I do not hold out much hope though, because they do look like a bunch of morons.
Another joke sentence, a harmless man, who's last few moments were spent harassed and terrified by these scum, a really sad story, I hope these three use there time in prison wisely, maybe learning to use soap and spot cream, I do not hold out much hope though, because they do look like a bunch of morons. kez1968
  • Score: 24

8:25pm Tue 10 Jun 14

blondie79 says...

wares the mugshots we would like to see them as u normally post pics of others
wares the mugshots we would like to see them as u normally post pics of others blondie79
  • Score: -3

8:37pm Tue 10 Jun 14

offwego says...

blondie79 wrote:
wares the mugshots we would like to see them as u normally post pics of others
The pictures of them are on it,
[quote][p][bold]blondie79[/bold] wrote: wares the mugshots we would like to see them as u normally post pics of others[/p][/quote]The pictures of them are on it, offwego
  • Score: 1

10:24pm Tue 10 Jun 14

displayed says...

Apart from the scratch on her nose, it looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth!
Shes a "cold hearted killer" before an after the fact!
Apart from the scratch on her nose, it looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth! Shes a "cold hearted killer" before an after the fact! displayed
  • Score: 7

9:56am Wed 11 Jun 14

WELSH BUDDAH says...

Abertillery29 wrote:
Another joke set of sentences from a Crown Court judge. What price a humans life in this country now? If you take another persons life you should forfeit a large portion of yours and a life sentence should mean that you die in prison as your victim had their life snuffed out.
chelsea1970 wrote:
Yet another death due to the affects of drugs . May not have been planned but the affects and heartache is the same .

I could not of put better myself and I would say a lot of people are thinking and feeling the same....
[quote][p][bold]Abertillery29[/bold] wrote: Another joke set of sentences from a Crown Court judge. What price a humans life in this country now? If you take another persons life you should forfeit a large portion of yours and a life sentence should mean that you die in prison as your victim had their life snuffed out.[/p][/quote]chelsea1970 wrote: Yet another death due to the affects of drugs . May not have been planned but the affects and heartache is the same . I could not of put better myself and I would say a lot of people are thinking and feeling the same.... WELSH BUDDAH
  • Score: 6

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