New Addington man jailed for manslaughter of father of nine


Jason Lodge was sentenced to 12 years in prison.


By SWLondoner staff

A New Addington man has been jailed for the manslaughter of a father of nine who had allegedly been selling cocaine to his partner’s sister.

Unemployed Jason Lodge, 39, was jailed for 12 years following the death of 55-year-old David Petch.

At around 11:30pm on Saturday April 14, Lodge, who had been out drinking, went to Mr Petch’s masionette in order to stop him selling cocaine to his partner’s unwell sister, the Old Bailey heard.

The door was open and he found Mr Petch in his bedroom, where he punched him and then stamped and kicked him in the head several times.

Mr Petch was taken to Croydon University Hospital with a fractured skull that led to bleeding on the brain, and he died on Wednesday April 18.

He also had fractures to both cheek bones, caused by stamping, and extensive bruising to his body.

“David Petch was killed outside his own home. It was a senseless act of violence that has left his family devastated,” said Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn, from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

“I want to pay my respects to the Petch family who have acted with dignity throughout an incredibly difficulty time for them.”

Lodge was found not guilty of murder. Cherri Gilmartin, 37, was acquitted of murder.

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