'Evil' Dartford takeaway fight killer got off lightly, says barmaid who knew victim (From This Is Local London)
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'Evil' Dartford takeaway fight killer Eddy Ives got off lightly, says barmaid who knew Ben Mahoney
THE 'evil' killer of a regular customer at a Dartford pub who beat his victim to death in a kebab shop fight got off lightly, according to a barmaid.
Fay Martin, 60, works part time at The Forresters round the corner from the House on the Hill takeaway where frequent customer Ben Mahoney, 30, was punched repeatedly by attacker Eddy Ives until he lost consciousness and never recovered.
Ives, 29, was yesterday found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years in prison for killing the air conditioning electrician’s on the night of April 12 after the pair got into a row over Ives’ aggressive manner towards staff.
He was originally charged with murder but this was downgraded to manslaughter when his five-day trial began at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday.
Eddy Ives has been jailed for eight years.
Mrs Martin says everyone she has spoken to at the Great Queen Street pub since the incident thought Ives’ sentence was lenient but “better than nothing”.
The grandmother-of-eight told News Shopper: "He’ll be back out in four years and probably back inside in five for doing the same thing to someone else who will lose their life.
“To begin with the general thoughts were that Ives was going to get away with it because Ben threw the first punch so there’s relief that he didn’t get off.
“I saw a picture of him on the news and he just looks evil doesn’t he so I’m thinking it’s good he’s behind bars.”
Mrs Martin, who lives in Henderson Drive, Dartford, remembers Mr Mahoney as a “happy go lucky” guy who was the “life and soul” whenever he came into the pub where she has worked for six years.
The House on the Hill takeway following the fatal fight.
She said: “It’s so sad. Why did it happen? Why? All the nasty people in the world and it had to happen to one of the good ones.”
“As long as I can remember he used to come in, mainly on weekends but sometimes he used to come in after work for a pint before he went home to his mum.
“He worked hard and he loved to spend his money or waste it on the fruit machines which I used to tell him off about but he’d still do it.”
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