In the Media

Mother convicted of perverting the course of justice

PUBLISHED March 21, 2012

A Hounslow mother has today been convicted of perverting the course of justice after being found guilty of destroying her son?s clothing following his identification as a suspect in relation to the death of Richard Bowes. 31 year old Lavinia Desuze was found guilty after a trial which began at Inner London Crown Court on 19 March 2012. Her son, 17 year old Derrell Desuze pleaded guilty last week to the manslaughter of 68 year old Richard Bowes in Ealing during the summer riots in August. CPS London lawyer Gary Dolby said: ?Although it is a mother?s instinct to protect her child this conviction shows that Lavinia Desuze?s actions were wholly inappropriate and criminal. ?In a bid to try and ensure her son would not be caught for the crimes he had committed Desuze destroyed the recognisable clothing he had been wearing. ?This act could have had a detrimental effect on the case against her son if it had been the primary evidence available.? Both Lavinia Desuze and Darrell Desuze will be sentenced on Tuesday 17 April at Inner London Crown Court. On 12 March 2012 Darrell Desuze entered guilty pleas to one count of manslaughter and one count of violent disorder. On 24 November 2011 he entered guilty pleas to four counts of burglary. All relate to events on Monday 8 August 2011.