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Honiton man convicted of manslaughter

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Keith Beviss sentenced to an indeterminate hospital order

A man has been sentenced today, Friday 9 February, following the death of a in June 2017.

Keith Beviss, aged 55, of Woodhayes Drive, Honiton was sentenced to an indeterminate hospital order by Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court following the death of Philip Ryan, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses,  Dowell Street, Honiton.

Beviss pleaded guilty to manslaughter on account of diminished responsibility at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that Philip Ryan was stabbed multiple times by Keith Beviss on Tuesday 6 June 2017; Mr Ryan was pronounced deceased at the scene following this unprovoked attack.

Detective Sargent Martin Sutcliffe, who led on the investigation, said: “The Major Crime Team have conducted an in-depth investigation into the tragic death of Mr Ryan. The enquiries have not just looked at the circumstances leading to his death but also the mental health of the Keith Beviss during the time of the unprovoked attack.

“The prosecution and defence both appointed experts to assess Mr Beviss’s mental state at the time of the offence and there was complete agreement that it played a substantial part in him carrying out this terrible act.

“It is clearly an extremely sad case that has impacted immeasurably on his family and of course our thoughts remain firmly with them.”

Following the sentencing, Philip’s wife, Sandra Ryan paid the following tribute to her husband:

“Words cannot ever fully express the impact of Philip’s life being taken from us, his family. The trauma sustained by myself, his parents, brother and other family members & friends is impossible to describe.

“Philip’s life was deliberately taken in a brutal and callous way. That is something that we, as his family, have to try to come to terms with.

Each day we suffer the pain and anguish of losing him in this way and it will continue to impact on us for many more years to come.”


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