North West Wales

Kieron Roberts jailed for killing outside Bangor nightclub

Esinkumo Ayabowei Image copyright North Wales Police
Image caption Esinkumo Ayabowei was also known as Henry and played football for a number of clubs on Anglesey

A killer who launched an unprovoked attack on a father-of-two outside a nightclub has been jailed for six years and nine months.

Esinkumo Ayabowei, 27, fell backwards and hit his head on the pavement after being punched outside Peep nightclub in Bangor, Gwynedd, on 1 April.

Kieron Roberts said he wanted to "bang somebody out" just before the attack.

The 26-year-old, of Bangor, admitted manslaughter and was jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Mr Ayabowei, from Llangefni, Anglesey, who was known to his family as Henry, never regained consciousness after being punched "without any apparent warning or provocation".

The "gentle giant" was found unresponsive in the street and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd before being transferred to a hospital in Stoke-on-Trent where he later died.

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Image caption Roberts was jailed for five years in 2013 for firearms offences but released on licence in 2015

Mr Ayabowei's widow, Melicia Gerrard, said she had been "robbed of the love of her life".

She said his five-year-old daughter was taken to visit him in hospital before his life-support machine was switched off.

She said the little girl skipped down the corridor unaware she would never see her father again.

"It broke my heart because I knew what she was about to find out," Ms Gerrard said.

After the hearing, Ms Gerrard said: "Whilst Kieron Roberts begins his brief term behind bars my family and I are continuing to live our lives without Henry.

"For us there will never be a release from this pain and suffering. Our lives have been permanently scarred by this sickening act.

"We, as a family, have been comforted by the countless tributes paid to Henry by the local community. The world truly is a lesser place without him," she said, in a statement released by North Wales Police.

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Media captionDet Con Jade Light read a statement on behalf of Mr Ayabowei's wife Melicia Gerrard

Senior investigating officer, Det Chief Insp Brain Kearney said: "This was a truly wicked and totally unprovoked crime that has left a family heartbroken and sickened a community.

"Roberts is a vile, vicious and in the words of the judge, dangerous thug and, throughout this investigation, he has shown no remorse whatsoever.

"He is without doubt a dangerous individual and many in the local community will be reassured by his imprisonment."

Image caption Mr Ayabowei was found unconscious in the street outside Peep nightclub

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