Manchester tram push death: Woman jailed for five years

Charissa Brown-Wellington Image copyright Police handout
Image caption Charissa Brown-Wellington was sentenced to five years in prison

A woman who killed a stranger by pushing him into the path of a tram during a drunken row has been jailed.

Charissa Brown-Wellington, 31, shoved Philip Carter, 30, between two carriages at Manchester Victoria station on 11 June.

Mr Carter, from Blackley, was crushed by the tram and died at the scene.

Brown-Wellington, from Chadderton, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was given a five-year prison term at Manchester Crown Court.

The court heard that Brown-Wellington was drunk and under the influence of drugs when she became involved in an argument with Mr Carter, who had also been drinking, at the station.

She admitted pushing him but denied intending to cause him serious harm.

'Completely unnecessary'

The court heard she had a lengthy criminal record of 65 offences, many of which involved violence.

In sentencing, Mr Justice William Davis told Brown-Wellington that although her actions were not unprovoked they were "completely unnecessary" and "aggressive".

"There was more than one victim in this case because the effect of what you did was so dreadful.

"It is merely yet another example of you reacting violently when faced with something you did not like very much," he said.

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Image caption Philip Carter was crushed to death by a tram

Mr Carter's family said he was "missed every minute of every day".

"We can try to repair our heartache although no matter how long the sentence is, it will not bring Phil back or make our loss any easier," they said.

On her release, Brown-Wellington will be subject to an extended licence period of three years as a dangerous offender.

Bob Tonge, senior investigating officer at Greater Manchester Police, said Mr Carter died in "the most horrific circumstances".

"He suffered a brutal death all because she lost her temper and she will now have to live with that as she carries out her prison sentence," he said.

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