Biggleswade car park death: Man guilty of manslaughter

Alan Watts has been found guilty of the manslaughter of 64-year-old Brian Holmes following a row over a disabled parking space in a Bedfordshire car park.

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Alan Watts trial: Jury retire to consider verdict

Brian Holmes died from a head injury.

The jury in the trial of Alan Watts, who is accused of manslaughter following the death of a man after an alleged row over a disabled parking space in Bedfordshire, have retired to consider their verdict.

64-year-old Brian Holmes, died following the incident in the Asda car park in Biggleswade in August.

Alan Watts, who's 65 and from the town, denies the charges.

Man denies car park attack killing

Brian Holmes died from a head injury.

A man who who attacked a former cancer patient in an argument over a disabled parking space killed him "in a moment of madness", a court has heard.

Alan Watts, 65, of Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, is on trial at Luton Crown Court for the manslaughter of 64-year-old Brian Holmes after having an alleged row in a supermarket car park on August 3.

Mr Holmes, from Sandy in Bedfordshire, died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge the day after the confrontation in the car park of the Biggleswade branch of Asda.

Just days before the incident, he had been told he had beaten cancer.

Watts has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, claiming self-defence.

But crown prosecutor Ann Evans told the court during her opening address that Watts goaded Mr Holmes after seeing his car was parked in a disabled park before setting on him in an unprovoked attack.

Ms Evans said Mr Holmes had returned to the car without his wife Christine, who suffered rheumatoid arthritis, when Watts - who had parked him in - sarcastically shouted: "You look like you need a wheelchair".

Ms Evans said: "This is a case about how a moment of madness can change people's lives forever.

"The defendant, Alan Watts, in a show of extraordinary violence, lashed out at Brian Holmes at a car park in Asda and killed him with a punch to the head."

Ms Evans said CCTV footage, which she played to the four women and eight men in the jury, showed Watts punch Mr Holmes twice in a "right-left combination" before the victim dropped to the ground.

Watts then gets back in his vehicle and drives away, she said.

Mrs Holmes struggled to compose herself from the public gallery as the footage was being played while Watts, who was wearing a large headphones to help him hear the proceedings, sat motionless.

Ms Evans said Watts had told police he was acting in self-defence because Mr Holmes had tried to pull him out of his car and had grabbed his wrists.

The prosecutor said Watts claimed Mr Holmes was "effing and blinding" and suspected he was drunk.

Watts told police he left the scene immediately because he wanted to get his wife home and "didn't know whether he was going to be attacked again", Ms Evans said.

But the prosecutor said it would be up to the jury to decide whether it was reasonable to believe Mr Holmes was the aggressor, particularly given he had recently received positive medical news.

"Here is Mr Holmes, a man who was recently given the all clear from cancer," she said.

"Does he, as Mr Watts suggest, lose it?"

Man due in court charged with manslaughter after car park death

A man is due at Luton crown court today charged with manslaughter after the death of a 64-year-old in a car park in Biggleswade.

Alan Watts, 65, is accused of killing Brian Holmes, who was knocked to the ground after a row over a disabled parking space at the Asda supermarket on August 3rd.

Mr Holmes, from Sandy in Bedfordshire was rushed to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge with head injuries but died the next day. A post mortem revealed he died from a head injury. Days before he died, he had been given the 'all clear' from cancer.


Trial begins of man charged with manslaughter

Brian Holmes died from a head injury. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The trial begins today of a man charged with manslaughter, after the death of a 64-year-old in a row over a disabled parking space in Bedfordshire.

65-year-old Alan Watts is accused of killing Mr Holmes, who was knocked to the ground at the Asda car-park in Biggleswade, in August this year.

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