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Gosport Cycle Rage Killer Jailed for Three Year By Court for Killing Roy

Gosport Cycle Rage Killer Jailed For Three Year By Court For Killing Roy
Gosport Cycle Rage Killer Jailed For Three Year By Court For Killing Roy

Today (Thursday, January 5) 28 year-old Duncan Snellgrove of Howe Road in Gosport was jailed for three years and four months after he admitted the manslaughter of Roy Galvin in November at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Mr Galvin, 69, was with his wife, who uses a wheelchair, when the pedestrians were involved in a dispute with Duncan Snellgrove who was riding a bicycle on Sunday, September 25.

During the verbal exchange on the Bury Road one-way system Mr Galvin was pushed and hit his head on the road leaving him with a serious injury.

Sadly, he subsequently died at QA hospital in Cosham on Wednesday, September 28. Following the assault Duncan Snellgrove cycled off towards Stoke Road.
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On sentencing Duncan Snellgrove to 40 months in prison at Portsmouth Crown Court today Judge Munroe said: “Your actions have deprived a delightful couple of many happy years together.”

After the sentencing, senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Adam Price said: “This was a cowardly assault on a Royal Navy veteran who was simply walking home with his wife on a Sunday afternoon. Snellgrove’s actions were completely disproportionate to the situation and his unnecessary aggression had tragic consequences.

“While Mr Galvin’s family are still grieving, I hope this sentence and Mr Snellgrove’s admission of manslaughter provide them some comfort.

“I’d like to thank the motorists and local residents who came forward to help our witness appeals at the time. Today’s sentence and the comments from the Judge underline just how serious the consequences of this assault were”.

Roy’s family has requested to be left to grieve in peace, but his widow Deborah has issued the following statement:

“Roy was my total companion and we had a lot of fun sharing our lives together. He was incredibly intelligent and very, very, funny. He just loved life and was my best friend in the world.

“Roy retired from the Royal Navy in 1987 and had so many friends in the local area. Everybody knew him when he walked the poodles.

“He was my entire world and was very loyal. He was a wonderful husband to me, brother, and thought the world of his nephew Grant. We will all miss him very much.

“Roy and I were married on March 17, 2004, and from that day on we were together pretty much all of the time. Roy had a new lease of life when he retired and we laughed every day. He was without doubt my rock and he totally and completely looked after me. Roy was a loving and very caring husband.

“I miss Roy more than I can possibly put into words. I have had my husband and soulmate taken from me far too early. The terror of the incident on Bury Road is still with me and is pretty much on my mind for every minute of every day – I just can’t seem to get it out of my head. When it is in my mind all I can see is the incident that led to Roy’s death and the vision of the man responsible running away. It just haunts me.

“The officers who have supported my family since September have really helped us, because their investigation has led to Duncan Snellgrove being jailed today”.

Detective Inspector Adam Price said:

“This was a cowardly assault on a Royal Navy veteran who was simply walking home with his wife on a Sunday afternoon. Snellgrove’s actions were completely disproportionate to the situation and his unnecessary aggression had tragic consequences.

“While Mr Galvin’s family are still grieving, I hope this sentence and Mr Snellgrove’s admission of manslaughter provide them some comfort.

“I’d like to thank the motorists and local residents who came forward to help our witness appeals at the time. Today’s sentence and the comments from the Judge underline just how serious the consequences of this assault were”.

The court heard Snellgrove has 17 previous convictions for 29 offences, several for violent attacks, dating back to when he was aged just 14.

Daniel Reilly, defending, said Snellgrove had suffered disturbed sleep and nightmares reliving the incident and had written to Mrs Galvin to apologise for his actions.