10 years for killing Bridgwater man

Thomas Webber, 32 of Old Taunton Road, Bridgwater, has been sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today (14 June). Webber pleaded guilty to manslaughter of Simon Edney, aged 59 and also from Bridgwater. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

The court heard that on Monday 13 June last year, an ambulance was called to Old Taunton Road, Bridgwater. There they found Simon Edney who had been assaulted and sustained a serious head injury. Mr Edney was taken to hospital and sadly died on Saturday 30 July.

In the course of the investigation that followed, the events became clearer. Officers found that Webber had been involved in an argument earlier that Monday with Mr Edney. Witnesses saw him punch Mr Edney. Moments later, Webber approached the victim again. He began hitting him to the floor, causing him to sustain a significant head wound.

In three personal statements written by Simon’s sister, daughters and his mother, Simon was described as a ‘good man’, who was a ‘funny, quirky and wonderful’ father, grandfather and brother.

Simon’s mother, Florence, said: “Simon was my rock who was always there for me. I cannot put into words how much his loss has affected me, or express how impossible it is to move on after his death. He was a big support to me and a massive part of my life, I will miss him every day and I will never get over the loss of my son and the way he was taken from me.”

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