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Teenager sentenced for killing a man in Gosport

Press release   •   May 01, 2019 16:21 BST

A teenager has been given an indefinite hospital order with restrictions for killing a man in Gosport.

The 17-year-old from Gosport, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Barry Hounsome, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, when he appeared in Winchester Crown Court this morning (Wednesday 1 May).

The court heard that Mr Hounsome’s body was found at an address on Southcroft Road, Gosport, on Monday 29 October 2018.

The 54-year-old had died as a result of a head injury sustained during an assault committed by the defendant.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Mandy Horsburgh, said: “This was an incredibly distressing case for the family of Mr Hounsome, and I would like to commend them for the dignity and strength they have shown throughout this investigation.

“Mr Hounsome’s life was taken in the most horrific way, and I hope the conclusion of the case now allows the family some degree of comfort, and allows the time and space for them to come to terms with the loss of Barry and continue with the healing process.

“I would also like to thank the officers and staff involved in this investigation for their professionalism and tireless work in bringing this difficult case to a swift conclusion.”