The killer of a former University of Portsmouth student has been found guilty of manslaughter, but cleared of murder following an Old Bailey trial. He has been sentenced to six years in jail.
Former student Oliver Dearlove was savagely battered by Trevor Timon in an unprovoked attack.
Mr Dearlove, who was 30-years-old at the time, had been on his way home from a university reunion in London when Mr Timm violently punched Dearlove, knocking him out. The victim later died in hospital of his injuries.
Trevor Timon, 31, had had a history of aggression and violence before attacking Mr Dearlove in Blackheath, south-east London back in August 2016. The accused, of Plumstead, south-east London, admitted manslaughter but was subsequently cleared of murdering Mr Dearlove.
It was heard in court that Mr Dearlove, a banker, was on his way back from a University reunion with friends. Dearlove and his friends stopped to speak to some women in the street who had been celebrating a birthday with Trevor Timon.
Having approached the women, Timon demanded to know why the group were speaking with the women and told his victim, “If you don’t get out of my face I will knock you out”, the court heard.
Timon proceeded to land a powerful-left hook punch to Mr Dearlove’s head, which knocked him to the ground, subsequently rendering him unconscious. It is understood that a passing motorist stopped to help with first aid but Mr Dearlove later died in hospital, 24 hours after the attack.
In a last cowardly act, Timon fled to Ireland to evade capture but returned a few days later and handed himself into the police.
Oliver Deadlove had worked as a relationship manager for the private bank Duncan Lawrie. He lived with his girlfriend in Eltham and was a keen football fan and played a striker for his local team Lord Hood FC.
His mother, Joy Wright, from Chislehurst, south-east London, told The Guardian, that Oliver was the “perfect” son and that he had “so much more to live for.”
Oliver was also a childhood friend of Mock the Week comedian Rob Beckett, who appealed to Twitter to help get justice for Mr Dearlove.
Oliver Dearlove attended the University of Portsmouth between 2004 to 2007 and achieved a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a 2:1 classification.
Mr Timon was sentenced to six years in jail for the manslaughter of Mr Dearlove.