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Man jailed for manslaughter of ‘much loved man with heart of gold’ in West Bromwich

A man has today, (Wednesday 30 October) been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Damien Howl in West Bromwich. 

Marcus Parchment, 42,  assaulted Mr Howl who was found with serious head injuries in an alleyway off Heath Lane at around 5:15am on 5 June.

Marcus Parchment

He was rushed to hospital but sadly died the following day.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died of a haemorrhage consistent with a heavy blow to the side of his neck.

Mr Howl visited Parchment the night before he passed away at his home in Heath Lane, they spent some time together drinking.

Parchment from Heath Lane, West Bromwich was sentenced to four years in prison for manslaughter at Wolverhampton Crown Court. 

A statement released by Mr Howl’s family read: “Damien was a much-loved son, father, brother, uncle and boyfriend. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone he could. Damo, as we all knew him, was a loving and funny man who enjoyed being kept busy.

“There are no words to express how devastated we all are at his loss. As a family we would appreciate privacy at this difficult time to process and grieve."

Damien Howl
Damien Howl 

Detective Inspector Jackie Nicholson from Force CID, said: “This is a tragic case where the events of that evening have changed the lives of two men forever – Mr Howl sadly died and Parchment has been jailed as a convicted killer.

“Parchment's actions have left Mr Howl’s family devastated, my thoughts remain with them.”

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