The family of Esinkumo Ayabowei (also known as Henry Esin) who was killed with a single pucnh, near Peep Nightclub in Bangor, have spoken of their ‘heartbreak‘.
Mr Ayabowei, 27, was attacked by Kieron Roberts, 26, from Bangor, in the early hours of April 1st this year. Mr Ayabowei fell and hit his head on the pavement after being punched, he died in hospital in Stoke the next day.
Kieron Roberts, who had served a previous jail term for violence, has been jailed for six years and nine months after admitting manslaughter at Caernarfon Crown Court.
After the hearing, family liaison officer Det Con Jade Light read a statement on behalf of Mr Ayabowei’s wife Melicia Gerrard.
The family of Henry Esin Ayabowei acknowledge today’s sentencing of Kieron Roberts who committed this senseless act of violence that took the rock of their family away from them. Henry’s wife Mel paid the following brief tribute to her husband:
‘Whilst Kieron Roberts begins his brief term behind bars my family and I are continuing to live our lives without Henry. For us there will never be a release from this pain and suffering. My world as I knew it has crumbled around me. Our lives have been permanently scarred by this sickening act, an act which is incomprehensible to those in society who understand and appreciate the most decent of values. I am determined to be strong for our daughters. We as a family have been comforted by the countless tributes paid to Henry by the local community. These bear testament to the great person that Henry was. This will, I’m sure, fill our daughters with huge pride as they grow older. It’s heart breaking to think that they will have to experience every Christmas, birthday and school sports day without their dad through no fault of his own.
Our youngest daughter only knew her dad for the first five months of her life but I will do everything I can to ensure she knows how much he loved her as will Henry’s family in Nigeria who we remain in daily contact with. This would make Henry proud. Henry was a very special person, a great character who was full of life with high hopes for the future. He touched many people from many walks of life and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all those who had the pleasure of meeting him. The world truly is a lesser place without him.
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Brain Kearney at Caernarfon CID said…
On behalf of the North Wales Police and particularly the Investigation Team I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Henry’s family and friends and commend them for their patience, understanding and dignity, during this very distressing investigation. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them.
Kieron Roberts is where he belongs, behind bars. This was a truly wicked and totally unprovoked crime that has left a family heartbroken and sickened a community. Roberts is a vile, vicious and in the words of the Judge dangerous thug and throughout this investigation he has shown no remorse whatsoever. He is without doubt a dangerous individual and many in the local community we be reassured by his imprisonment. North Wales is a safer place without him.
I would like to thank all the witnesses who came forward during this investigation. It’s a credit to their character and a clear demonstration that the vast majority of us want to live safe and peaceful lives. Together with our dedicated local CPS Team we will continue to do all we can to relentlessly pursue those who cause the greatest harm in our communities, to ensure North Wales remains a safe place.