The family of Joanna Doman, who was killed by her lodger Jesse Harper in May, have released a statement after he was jailed for five years at Bristol Crown Court yesterday.
Jesse Harper, 22, of Peasedown St John, was found guilty on Monday (26th October) of manslaughter after pushing Joanna down the stairs at an address in Hillside View on Sunday 10th May.
A judge at Bristol Crown Court sentenced Harper to four years for manslaughter and 12 months for two unrelated matters of affray and criminal damage, with the sentences to run consecutively.
His brother Declan Harper, 20, was also jailed for 16 months for obstructing a police officer in the lawful execution of their duty and for two unrelated offences of GBH and affray.
In a statement Joanna’s family said: “We would like to thank everyone involved in the investigation into Joanna’s death – to the police for their support throughout this upsetting time and also to the staff at the intensive care unit in Southmead Hospital for the care and kindness they showed Joanna while she was in their care.
“While we are satisfied that justice has been done for Joanna, for which we thank everyone involved, no sentence will be long enough and nothing will bring Joanna back.”