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BREAKING: Man who killed Jason Orwin sentenced to seven years in prison

Friday 28th May 2021

THE man who killed Jason Orwin last summer has been sentenced to seven years and five months in prison.

The 55-year-old business development manager sustained fatal head injuries in an “unprovoked and ferocious attack” just yards from his parents’ home in Bower Place on July 31.

Murder charges were dropped against Lance Colston (36), a resident at the Fleming House bail hostel in Tonbridge Road, after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter back in December last year.

On the night of the attack, Mr Orwin was out with a friend when they noticed two men who appeared to be behaving in a drunken manner.

Mr Orwin’s partner was nearby and, concerned for her safety, he warned her to be wary of the pair.

Colston overheard this exchange and crossed the road to confront Mr Orwin. Mr Orwin’s friend tried shield him but Colston punched the victim across the head and he fell unconscious.

Colston went on to assault Mr Orwin’s friend, striking him with a milk bottle. He also tried to punch the victim’s father who had arrived at the scene.

Mr Orwin died in hospital the next day.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Neil Kimber said Colston acted in an “appalling manner” and showed no concern for the welfare of his victim as he lay unconscious.

DCI Kimber added: “I would like to thank the witnesses and, in particular, members of Mr Orwin’s family who have assisted us throughout the investigation and enabled us to bring this violent individual to justice.”

Between November 2018 and July 2020 there have been seven unlawful killings in the Maidstone area.

Six resulted in criminal convictions.