Man had ‘drunk 14 pints and forgot killing pensioner’

The scene St George Street Bus Station, in Boston, the day after Joao Costa was assaulted.
The scene St George Street Bus Station, in Boston, the day after Joao Costa was assaulted.

A Boston man who killed a pensioner with a single blow was this week jailed for three years at Lincoln Crown Court after admitting manslaughter.

Russell Read struck Joao Costa with a blow of ‘moderate force’, causing his head to jerk back and led to bleeding on the brain.

Mr Costa, of Porcher Way, Boston, fell to the ground but was able to get up before collapsing. He died two days later in hospital.

Adrienne Lucking, prosecuting, said the incident took place in Boston Bus Station in the early hours of May 11 after both men had earlier been in the Sambuca Brazil bar in town.

She said it was not possible to say whether the fatal blow was struck with a fist or the flat of Read’s hand.

After Mr Costa, 72, fell to the ground a woman who was with Read flagged down a passing police car.

Read, who estimated he had drunk 14 pints, was subsequently arrested on Station Street, but fell asleep after being placed in the back of a police vehicle. Tests showed he was more than three times the legal alcohol limit for drivers.

On Monday the 38-year-old, of Castle Street, Boston, denied the murder of Joao Costa between May 11 and 14 this year but admitted manslaughter.

Alison Summers, defending, said he has since shown genuine remorse.

“He is genuinely sorry for the loss of life of Mr Costa.

“Such an episode of drunken violence is out of character for him. This was without premeditation. It was spontaneous. It was one blow of moderate force. He has no recollection of this incident at all.”