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CCTV shows moment boy kills pensioner with fatal trip but teenager given just one year in custody

A teenage thug who tripped up 62-year-old grandfather in the street causing him to suffer a massive heart attack has been locked up for just 12 months for manslaughter.

Shocking CCTV shows the 16-year-old boy run up to retired electrician Jerald Netto, put his foot between his legs and pull his trousers down which led to some tussling and pushing.

He swept Mr Netto off his feet in Hanwell, west London, early on March 19 last year.

Mr Netto immediately fell forward and suffered a heart attack from the trauma of hitting the pavement near a fast food restaurant on Uxbridge Road.

At the Old Bailey on Friday, the teenager - now 17 and who cannot be named - was sentenced to one year in custody and a further 12-month supervision in the community as part of a detention and training order.

Police had been alerted to reports of a man assaulted in Boston Road shortly after 12.50am.

Officers and London Ambulance Service medics attended and Mr Netto was taken to hospital, where he died later that day due to a prolonged cardiac arrest.

The defendant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was arrested and charged within 24 hours.

In a statement Mr Netto’s family said he was “a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, friend and neighbour”.

They took the decision to ask the Metropolitan Police to release footage capturing the entirety of the incident, including the moment he is fatally pushed.

His loved ones added: “We are left scarred for life. We will never come to terms with what happened to him on that terrible night.

“In his last moments he was humiliated, taken advantage of, attacked and killed by a sadistic criminal.

“Our lives will never be the same, we miss him every day and will continue to as each day passes without him in our world.”

The incident took place on Boston Road (Google Maps)
The incident took place on Boston Road (Google Maps)

Mr Netto’s daughter Jennifer has begun an online petition calling for more stringent bail conditions for young offenders.

The boy, released with an electronic tag after his arrest, was recalled to court twice but never punished.

“The message being sent to the youth is that they can act with impunity, that it is excusable and acceptable to be the cause of a person's death,” she told BBC London.

Ms Netto says the family’s experiences have led her to conclude the justice system is “completely one-sided”, favouring defendants over victims.

Her father married wife Ligin in 1992.

In later life, he cared for his elderly mother and four-year-old grandson Messiah, who has autism and cerebral palsy.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, who led the investigation said: “Officers were on the scene within minutes and initially the suspect ran from them but he was quickly detained in a nearby garden.

“Our investigation showed that this tragic event began with a juvenile prank by the defendant and culminated with a deliberate assault which resulted in the death of Mr Netto.

”There is no excuse for this type of violence, the defendant was not acting in lawful self-defence and our enquiries soon established that his actions that evening were deliberate and disgraceful.

“My thoughts remain with Mr Netto’s family as they continue to come to terms with his death in such appalling circumstances.

“I know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for them and I hope that now legal proceedings have concluded, they can begin to find some peace.”

Prosecutor Louise Oakley said Mr Netto died “as a result of an unlawful act which involved an intention to cause harm or recklessness as to whether harm was caused”.

CCTV captures the moment the defendant skips over Mr Netto’s motionless body on the ground and runs off along Boston Road with a group of friends.

Members of the public found motionless Mr Netto on the pavement and called police.