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Uncle's heart attack death sees gypsy trio caged

PUBLISHED: 16:10 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 12 August 2010

THREE brothers have been jailed after the death of a man at a gypsy site. Samuel, Jimmy and Phillip Powell, aged 22, 24 and 25 respectively of Star Lane, St Mary Cray,

THREE brothers have been jailed after the death of a man at a gypsy site.

Samuel, Jimmy and Phillip Powell, aged 22, 24 and 25 respectively of Star Lane, St Mary Cray, had charges of murder dropped after they pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to manslaughter without intent.

Billy Lee, 51, died of a heart attack the day after he was run over during a dispute at a gypsy site in Ship Lane, Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford on August 26.

His leg was broken during the dispute concerning Mr Lee's niece Rachel Eastwood and Jimmy Powell, with whom she had a three-month-old daughter.

Powell had earlier been told that if he wanted to see the child he should go to the site in Dartford.

His two brothers arrived at the site and Mr Lee was run over after he asked them to leave.

Jailing the brothers for three-and-a-half-years each, Judge Michael Lawson QC told them: "No sentence I can pass on you can either replace him or compensate for

his loss."

He said that because of a heart condition from which Mr Lee suffered, he could have died at any time and did not die immediately after he was hit by the car.

But he added: "There is a world of difference of somebody dying naturally from physical causes and someone dying as a consequence of violence and anger. That is how you acted. You were acting together recklessly and encouraging one another in the way the car was driven when it struck Mr Lee."

As well as jailing the three the judge also banned each of them from driving for four years.

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