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Man sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter and conspiracy to steal

 Published on: 21st April 2015   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

A man who went on the run for eighteen months following his involvement in manslaughter and a robbery at a cash and carry car park in Watford has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Michael Mc Inerney, 34, of Borehamwood, who at the time of the offence was living in Radwell, Bedfordshire, appeared via a video link from Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes at St Albans Crown Court. Arulchelvan ‘Nick’ Prasanna, who was 34, died from a fractured skull and other injuries which he sustained when he fell from a moving van following an incident on Sunday May 26 2013, in the car park of Costco in Watford. McInerney went on the run after he was arrested in December 2013 and bailed. A European Arrest Warrant was issued but he was arrested in Corby, Northants in December last year following months of police investigations and appeals – including an item on BBC’s Crimewatch programme. At an earlier hearing he pleaded not guilty to murder and not guilty to conspiracy to rob. His pleas of guilty to alternative charges of manslaughter and conspiracy to steal were accepted by the prosecution. He had 17 convictions for 32 offences and operated with alias names and false dates of birth. At the time Mr Prasanna was attacked, McInerney was serving a seven month suspended sentence suspended for 15 months for a similar theft from a motor vehicle at a cash and carry in Sheerness, in which a man who tried to stop him fell into the road. Today he was jailed for a total of 11 years – 10 and a half years for manslaughter, two years concurrent for conspiracy to steal, with six months consecutive from the suspended sentence. Last October cousins Patrick and James O’Driscoll were handed ten-and-a-half years and seven-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Prasanna. Patrick O’Driscoll’s sentence was increased to 12 years on appeal. For more on this story, read the next edition of My Watford News out on May 8.

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