A MAN from Mere who killed a ‘beautiful human being’ by deliberately driving into him and knocking off his motorbike has been sentenced to a hospital order.
Paul Barrett, of White Road, appeared at Winchester Crown Court today (January 31) to be sentenced after pleading guilty at a previous hearing to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
On the evening of December 22, 2021, 42-year-old Barrett was driving a Volkswagen Touran along the B3089 Hindon Road in Dinton when he observed motorcyclist Ryan Brindley riding alone in the opposite direction.
Barrett turned into a side road and then continued in the opposite direction, following Ryan and accelerating at high speed to catch him before deliberately colliding with the rear of the bike.
Ryan was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Barrett was arrested and taken to hospital for assessment before being taken into police custody.
Shocking dash cam footage, taken from Barrett’s vehicle showing the moment of impact, was shown in court.
We have chosen not to publish the video.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Childe, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The killing of Ryan Brindley was an entirely random and unprovoked incident which has understandably caused shock and upset to the local community and all those who knew and loved Ryan.”
He added: “We do not believe they were known to each other, or that there had been any previous interaction between the pair. It seems that Ryan was targeted entirely at random.
“I would like to pay tribute to Ryan’s family who have suffered such a devastating loss, and thank them for the support they have shown during the police investigation. Ryan was taken from them in the cruellest of circumstances and my thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the investigation team who have worked diligently on this case to ensure justice was served as swiftly as possible.”
In a victim impact statement, Ryan’s partner said: “Ryan was a beautiful human being – he will be missed by so many.
“He was a deeply private man and although I understand there are many people who want to read and understand what happened, I would like to request that everybody, including the media, are respectful of Ryan’s remaining family and their privacy.
“I know that Ryan would be hating all the attention this case has brought.
“I would like to thank the police for their support and investigation all the way up to today. I want to thank the investigation team for being kind, gentle and understanding with us at every point, and I want to say thank you as we would not be here today if it wasn’t for the work of the investigation team.”