Family pay tribute to 'loving son' after man is convicted of manslaughter in Milton Keynes

Following the sentencing of Abubakar Sakho, aged 18, of Pinewood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, for the manslaughter of Lewis Butler in Bletchley last year, the victim’s family have released the following statement:

“Abubakar Sakho took our Lewis from us. He took a life with a complete disregard to the impact of his actions.

“Lewis was a family man, a loving son, brother, fiancée, uncle and dear friend to most. Lewis left his home unarmed with every intention of returning but due to the actions of Sakho, that never happened. Everyone that knew Lewis was robbed of the chance to give him the goodbye he deserved.

“It has been deeply distressing to have to accept Sakho’s manslaughter plea. Not only because Sakho showed no remorse during the court proceedings but because he went on to commit further violent offences whilst in remand for his initial offences.

“We are glad that the case has come to a close and some justice has been served. However, regardless of the outcome from the sentencing, there is no punishment that could be considered suitable for the loss of someone so beloved.

“We’d like to say a special thank you to the victim support team which have done a fantastic job in supporting our entire family throughout an incredibly difficult time.”

Abubakar Sakho, aged 18, of Pinewood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, was sentenced to seven years in prison at Luton Crown Court today (2/10).

He pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of bladed article and being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug of class A at the same court on 21 February last year. He then pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter at the same court on 15 December last year.

At around 11pm on 17 January last year, officers were called to Buttermere Close after Lewis, aged 44, from Bletchley, had been stabbed.

Emergency services treated him at the scene for serious injuries before taking him to Milton Keynes General Hospital, where he sadly died.

A murder investigation was launched and Sakho was arrested on 18 January. He was charged on 21 January.

While on remand for the Bletchley manslaughter, Sakho was charged in relation to an assault at Feltham Prison and Young Offender Institution in Feltham, London.

He was found guilty of Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent at the Old Bailey on 20 July.

Sakho was sentenced to a consecutive 10-year extended determinant sentence, which comprises five years in prison and an extra five years on licence, for the prison assault at today’s hearing.

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