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Mum of riot teen faces jail

AWAITING SENTENCING: Lavinia Desuze, 31 and her son, Darrell Adrian Desuze, 17, will be sentenced on April 17

A MOTHER from Hounslow has today (March 21) been convicted of perverting the course of justice after she was found guilty of destroying her son’s clothing in relation to the death of a man during last summer’s riots.

Lavinia Desuze, 31, was found guilty after a trial, which began at Inner London Crown Court on Monday and could face jail when she and her son, Darrell, are sentenced next month.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty last week to the manslaughter of 68-year-old Richard Bowes in Ealing during the disorder in August.

Police say Mr Bowes was attempting to extinguish a fire which was started in an industrial rubbish bin during the disorder, when Desuze punched him in the face.
Bowes then fell backwards and struck the pavement.

After remaining in a critical condition in hospital for a few days after the attack, the pensioner died from his severe head injuries.

Desuze had also previously pleaded guilty to four burglaries he committed on shops which were looted immediately after Mr Bowes death.

Yesterday, the court heard that Desuze cut up Darrell's T-shirt after spotting him wearing it during a TV appeal for help in finding the killer.

It is claimed she later told police she had dumped it in bins behind a shop and near a motorway, but when officers searched them they had already been emptied.

CPS London lawyer Gary Dolby, said: “Although it is a mother’s instinct to protect her child this conviction shows that Lavinia Desuze’s actions were wholly inappropriate and criminal.

“In a bid to try and ensure her son would not be caught for the crimes he had committed Desuze destroyed the recognisable clothing he had been wearing.

“This act could have had a detrimental effect on the case against her son if it had been the primary evidence available.”

Both Lavinia and Darrell Desuze will be sentenced on Tuesday April 17 at Inner London Crown Court.

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