Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Killer Is Behind Bars; Boyfriend Left Lover to Die after Striking Him during Argument

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Killer Is Behind Bars; Boyfriend Left Lover to Die after Striking Him during Argument

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt

A KILLER is behind bars after he was found guilty of the manslaughter of his boyfriend at their seaside flat.

Jonathan Armstrong struck Dean Bowe during a row at their home in Whitley Bay, causing him to fall and sustain catastrophic head injuries.

For more than an hour, the 45-year-old did nothing to raise the alarm as his lover lay dying on the floor.

Armstrong had denied causing Dean's death, claiming he had fallen while having a seizure.

But jurors rejected that account and convicted him of manslaughter after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Armstrong, who showed no emotion at the verdict, had previously been on bail but has now been remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.

After seeing Dean's killer brought to justice, the 32-yearold's family paid tribute to a "gentle and kind" man.

They said: "Dean was really intelligent, thoughtful and funny. Everybody liked him. He was gentle, kind and did not like anything cruel in the world.

"He loved his family. And we loved him - his mam, dad, brother, sister, stepdad, stepmam and grandparents. We just wanted him to be happy.

The nothing help until hour effectively a man for an "Everyone is reeling from the shock. It has been a horrible shock for all the family.

"We were so close. Everyone will miss him so much but he would want us to remember the happy memories and stay strong."

The pair had met on a Facebook forum for people tackling alcohol issues and began a relationship. All was going well to begin with, but they both started drinking again.

In 2015 they took up a tenancy at a flat on South Parade, Whitley Bay, but by early autumn last year eviction proceedings had begun against the men due to rent arrears and complaints about them arguing.

One night last September, after eviction papers had been served, neighbour Fiona Robinson was having a cigarette in a car park at the flats around 10. …

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