Mother who tore up riot killer son's clothes found guilty

Protection: Lavinia Desuze guilty of destroying clothes evidence belonging to son | © Met Police
Protection: Lavinia Desuze guilty of destroying clothes evidence belonging to son | © Met Police
The mother of a teenage looter responsible for killing a Ealing pensioner during the summer disorder was today found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Lavinia Desuze, 31, of Bath Road, Hounslow, was convicted at the Inner London Crown Court after she destroyed the clothing worn by her son, Darrell Desuze, 17, after he fatally assaulted 68-year-old Richard Mannington Bowes on Spring Bridge Road, Ealing, during last summer's riots.

On the night of 8 August 2011, Darrell Desuze had been wearing a distinctive black hooded sweatshirt which had a "ROBBERS AND VILLAINS" logo across the front, and a white t-shirt underneath. These were items of clothing which Lavinia Desuze immediately recognised via the circulated images released by police, as belonging to her son. She found the garments, tore them up, and dumped them in a number of public dustbins in Hounslow.

On 14 August 2011, Darrell and Lavinia Desuze were arrested at their address in Hounslow and subsequently charged on 16 August 2011. Darrell Desuze pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Richard Bowes and violent disorder on Monday 12 March, at Inner London Crown Court. He had previously pleaded guilty on 24 November 2011 to four burglaries he committed on shops which were looted immediately after Mr Bowes death.

They will both be sentenced on Tuesday 17 April at the Inner London Crown Court.