Yate man jailed for manslaughter of friend

May 29 2018

A 41-year-old man has been sentenced to 17 years and 2 months for killing his friend and leaving his body in the flat they had shared in City Road, Bristol.

Jamie Lomax, of Yate, admitted the manslaughter of 43-year-old Dean Sawyer at a hearing at Bristol Crown Court.  He was sentenced on 16 May.

Senior Investigating Officer in the case, DI Mike Buck, said: “In the end, the weight of the evidence was compelling. I’d like to thank the many people who came forward and provided evidence to my team, enabling us to establish the identity of Dean’s killer and secure his conviction.”

Dean was well-known locally having established the company Positive Causes after struggling to find work himself.

His body was found in the bath at his flat on Sunday 26 November 2017. He had major head injuries and the Major Crime Investigation Unit launched a homicide investigation.

Forensic examination showed that Dean had probably been killed in his bath some two weeks earlier. His mobile phone data became crucial in establishing his last movements. Investigators found that it showed someone else was using the phone after Dean’s death.

Jamie Lomax had been living in the flat and working with Dean. He was the last person to see him alive, was present when the body was found and had opportunity to access the phone.

Investigators discovered that Jamie Lomax had lied about his movements and sold some of Dean’s property after his death. Lomax even left voicemail on Dean’s phone, after he had killed him, in an attempt to cover his tracks.

DI Buck said: “Our investigation showed that Jamie Lomax had become frustrated and angry with Dean. The CPS and police both accept his plea to manslaughter on the basis that he had not intended to cause Dean serious harm.

"He has only now accepted responsibility for his actions in November last year – actions which led to the death of a man he had known for many years and considered a friend.”