Man jailed for Dartford kebab shop killing

  • 20 September 2013
  • From the section Kent
Edward Ives
Image caption Edward Ives launched a prolonged attack on his victim

A man has been jailed for eight years for beating an electrician to death in a kebab shop in Dartford.

Edward Ives, 29, of no fixed address, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Ben Mahoney on 12 April by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday.

Ives had demanded a kebab from staff and when Mr Mahoney told him to stop being so rude, an altercation ensued.

Mr Mahoney's mother Barbara said Ives's sentence would never be enough for the loss of her son.

Kent Police said Mr Mahoney, 30, from Newtown in Dartford, was chatting to staff he knew at the House on the Hill kebab house on the town's East Hill after an evening out with friends when Ives and a friend walked in.

'No mercy'

Ives demanded a kebab and Mr Mahoney intervened.

The force spokesman said Ives became aggressive, the pair exchanged words and Mr Mahoney threw a punch.

Image caption Ben Mahoney's mother Barbara said his death had left her heartbroken

Ives then launched a prolonged attack on Mr Mahoney, punching him repeatedly in the head and face until he lost consciousness. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speaking after sentencing, Det Ch Insp Paul Fotheringham said: "This started off as a physical scuffle and descended into a vicious and sustained beating.

"By the end of the fight, Mr Mahoney was no longer responding and was trying to protect his head with his hands, but Ives showed no mercy."

In a statement, Mrs Mahoney said: "I have lost a loving son and friend whom I cherished.

"He was always there for me, even more so since he and his brother lost their dad.

"This has left me heartbroken. I will never get over this, but we will as a family learn to live with this and cherish our memories of Ben."

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