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Man sentenced after manslaughter conviction

News   •   Jul 14, 2021 13:50 BST

Victim: Barrington Davis

A man has been sentenced for the manslaughter of Barrington Davis in Lewisham.

Daniel Burrell, 40 (09.09.80) of no fixed address, appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 14 July where he was sentenced to a Section 37 Hospital Order enforcing he remain indefinitely detained in a secure psychiatric hospital.

A Section 41 Restriction Order was added providing stringent control over any possibility of his release back into the community.

Burrell was convicted at the same court on Tuesday, 13 July by a jury that returned a unanimous verdict finding him guilty of the manslaughter of Barrington Davis.

The jury heard at around 07:00hrs on Wednesday, 16 May 2019, police were called to an address at Torridon Road, SE6.

The call was made after a resident at the multi-occupancy property raised concerns when a smell began to emanate from Mr Davis’s flat.

Officers attended the address and forced entry to the flat finding the body of 54-year-old Barrington Davis inside. It was clear that he had been dead for some time.

A special post-mortem took place at Greenwich Mortuary on Sunday, 19 May 2019 and found the cause of death to have been multiple stab-wounds.

Daniel Burrell, then aged 39, was arrested on 18 May 2019 on suspicion of murder.

He was released under investigation and following police enquires was charged with Mr Davis’s murder on 4 November 2019.

Burrell appeared for trial at the Old Bailey and, on 13 July was convicted of manslaughter. He was remanded in custody for sentencing as above.

Detective Inspector Jo Sidaway of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “Our thoughts today are with the family of Barrington Davis.

“We may never know the circumstances surrounding his death and it saddens me to leave his loved ones with so many questions unanswered. I hope that they find a measure of closure now that legal proceedings are at an end.

“I agree with the verdict and the sentence handed down and am relieved that Daniel Burrell will now receive the medical help that he needs in an environment where he is not a danger to others.”

A spokesperson for Barrington’s family said: "Barrington was an intelligent, well-dressed, music-loving, funny and caring father, brother and uncle, who we will all miss dearly.

"The verdict of manslaughter has brought some form of closure to our family and although this won’t bring Barrington back, we feel as though justice has prevailed. There will always be a void left in our hearts."