Pimlico - Graham Brett jailed for killing of Australian
By londononline | Monday, February 18, 2013, 23:49
Graham Brett (50), a former boxer was jailed for seven years on Monday 18th February at the Old Bailey for the manslaughter of a 'gentle giant' with a single punch in an unprovoked attack in August 2012. It was revealed in court that Graham Brett, 50, had a history of drunken violence before he hit 49 year-old Australian Neil Hannah outside The Greyhound in Hugh Street Pimlico. Brett told police that the victim called him a 'Pommie c**t' and he acted in self defence. The Australian died five days after the assault at St. Thomas' Hospital. Mr. Brett of Ebury Bridge Road, Pimlico, pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial. The incident was captured on CCTV. Witnesses reported seeing the men inside the pub before Mr Brett asked Mr Hannah to join him outside at about 10 p.m. Brett was captured on CCTV removing his glasses and talking to Mr Hannah before punching him. Mr Hannah's skull was fractured when he hit the pavement. The Ambulance service was called and Mr. Hannah was taken to hospital. The Police were called at 1.16 a.m. by hospital staff . Mr. Brett was arrested on the 3rd August and claimed that Mr. Hannah had bitten his nose during the confrontation. Mr. Brett was charged with GBH but when Mr. Hannah died, he was charged with murder. Detective Inspector Simon Pickford, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "Brett has a history of violence and as a boxer would have known that his forceful blow was likely to send Mr Hannah to the floor. He then compounded his violent act by trying to concoct a reason for the punch - one that was not borne out by any of the evidence seen by our officers.
"While Brett may not have intended to kill his victim, I have little doubt that he is a violent thug who fully deserves to spend a lengthy period of time behind bars.
"Our thoughts must now go to the friends and family of Mr Hannah who are dealing with the consequences of Brett's violent tendencies."