20-year sentence for killer of “vulnerable” Jason Betts

March 28 2016

A MAN convicted of the manslaughter of Jason Betts in Yate has been jailed for 20 years.

A MAN convicted of the manslaughter of Jason Betts in Yate has been jailed for 20 years.
As reported in last month’s Yate and Sodbury Voice, Nathan Skeen was found guilty of manslaughter and wounding with intent after a five-week trial at Bristol Crown Court. But sentencing had been adjourned until after the Voice had gone to press.
Mr Betts, 38, died from a head injury inflicted as punishment for owing money for drugs. Described as vulnerable, he was found unconscious at his flat in Celestine Road in March 2015 by a friend.
He was put on a life support machine in hospital but it was switched off the next day.
A post-mortem examination concluded he’d suffered a head injury which had caused a bleed to the brain.
Skeen, 29, of Lewisham, London, had also previously admitted charges of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, including heroin and cocaine.
A second man, Nixon Apire, 31, of Great North Road, Barnet, had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent in connection with an assault on Mr Betts about a week before his death, as well as being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. He was jailed for 15 years.