Case: Spurs fan beaten to death during drunken football row: Orville Henry
Orville Henry
Blunt Object
Wayne Green
Status: Solved
Categories: Alcohol Related
Case synopsis:

A drunken argument about football was all it took to provoke the killing of Spurs fan Orville Henry.

Mr Henry, 48, reacted with anger after Wayne Green, 56, called Tottenham Hotspur FC 'a bunch of wankers' as they finished off a bottle of vodka.

He leapt off the sofa at his flat in Holmwood Road, Ilford, east London, and hit Green in the face, causing a cut to his eye.

Green took his revenge by beating the victim over the head with the vodka bottle.

He then continued drinking with his friend Ashley Robinson, 42, as Mr Henry lay dying under a bloodstained duvet.

When a fellow housemate discovered the victim unconscious, Green told her: 'You don't need to call an ambulance because he's dead.'

Experts claimed he could have survived if he had been taken to hospital soon after the attack on June 5, 2009.

By the time paramedics finally arrived it was too late to save his life.

'They sat back in their chairs as if nothing unusual was happening. They continued to drink from their cans of beer,' said prosecutor Peter Kyte QC.

Both Green and Robinson were stained with Mr Henry's blood.

Wayne GreenGreen (pictured right) later told police: 'He's a football person. Just because I called Tottenham a bunch of w**kers he jumped up and said "You can't come in my house and call my team w**kers". That's disrespectful.'

He was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter on the basis of provocation. Robinson was cleared of all charges.

Judge Timothy Pontius sentenced Green to imprisonment for public protection and ordered him to serve at least five years behind bars before being considered for parole.

He told Green: 'In this case you took the life of a thoroughly decent man who was much loved by his family.

'You are a regular heavy drinker and more often than not when you have committed violent offences in the past there is evidence you were drunk.

'There is no doubt in my mind that drunk as you were you knew what you were doing that evening and struck Orville Henry a savage blow with a bottle intending to hurt him very badly.'

Although an alcoholic, Mr Henry was thought to be 'friendly, not aggressive, never angry or violent'.

His son Chaeny Henry, an aerospace engineering student at Surrey University, described his father as 'kind-hearted' and always willing to help those in need.

'He taught me so much about life, people, how to drive and he encouraged me to become an engineer,' he said in a statement read to the court.

'There will never be enough justice for me to feel fully compensated for the loss of my dad.'

Mr Henry also leaves a daughter Charlene and a second son, Anthony.

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