Man gets nine months for 'vigilante' killing

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Michael Jones, 40, a welder of Pen-y-Graig, Gwynedd, was jailed for nine months for accidentally killing a man he believed had burgled his elderly mother and ransacked her home.

Jones was furious when his mother, Glynis Jones, 75, told him her home in Rhondda Village, Pen-y-Graig, had been broken into and many items of great sentimental value to her were stolen, an Old Bailey court was told.

He was found guilty at Cardiff Crown Court in February of the manslaughter of Ronald Penrose, 43, of Tonypandy, Mid Glamorgan, who died after he was punched by Jones. Mr Penrose fell backwards and hit his head against a wall. He died from a cerebral haemorrhage shortly afterwards.

Two men with Jones were Michael Thomas, 27, and Ian Jones, 23, both from the Pen-y-Graig area. They were convicted of affray and were each sentenced to 150 hours' community service.

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