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Businessman killed after attack outside his own home in Maidstone

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A 37-year-old man has admitted killing a businessman in a violent assault outside his home.

Lance Colston pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Jason Orwin during a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court today (April 21).

Mr Orwin, a managing diector of a financial recruiting firm, died after suffering a head injury and cardiac arrest in the attack in Bower Place, Maidstone, in July last year.

In a cruel twist of fate, the 55-year-old had been robbed just a few weeks earlier in an unrelated incident in which he suffered a fractured hip and had his custom-made, 18-carat, diamond-encrusted gold watch worth £10,000 stolen.

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Colston, of Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, will now be sentenced for Mr Orwin's manslaughter on May 28.

He was originally accused of murder but Judge David Griffith-Jones QC was told the prosecution no longer wished to proceed with that charge.

Mr Orwin, who ran Rochester-based Peritum Associates, sustained his fatal injuries shortly after 6.30pm on July 31.

He was airlifted to King's College Hospital in London where he sadly died.

Colston, who appeared via prison video link, also admitted assaulting Richard McConnaghie on the same occasion.

He was remanded in custody until his sentencing hearing for both offences.

In separate proceedings in January, the same court heard Mr Orwin had been mugged during a post-work evening walk in Maidstone on June 2.

His two attackers were subsequently sentenced to a prison term of three years and seven months, and a two-year community order.

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