Mother of two found not guilty of manslaughter

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 June 2014

Bristol Crown Court.

Bristol Crown Court.


A MOTHER of two has been found not guilty of causing a man’s fatal heart attack by punching him in the chest.

Rebecca Rivers, aged 21 and of Chamberlain Road, Locking, was accused of hitting 64-year-old Weston man Peter Edwards during a row last November.

Mr Edwards, who suffered from angina, collapsed following the altercation and was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary but died five days later.

Miss Rivers was subsequently charged with manslaughter following the November 5 incident at Mr Edwards’ home in Avon Close.

In police interviews read out in Bristol Crown Court last week, Miss Rivers said she had seen Mr Edwards - who she knew through a past relationship - use a spray for his condition, but did not know what it was for.

Describing the incident in statements read in court, she said: “He was pushing me towards the door and said to Sandra [his wife] to call the police.

“I kicked the door and spat on it and then I left. I definitely did not assault Pete.

“He looked in reasonable health apart from the hearing aid.

“I knew he had a heart condition. But I didn’t know the full extent because I’ve never met anyone with a heart condition in my life. I just knew he had a poorly heart.

“I knew he had a spray and needed it if he was stressed. I have seen him use the spray before but I don’t know what that’s for.”

Medical experts told a jury how Mr Edwards had died of a heart attack, but not as a result of the alleged punches.

Jurors accepted that Miss Rivers had not thrown punches, and cleared her of the charge.

In the police interviews following her arrest, which were read out during the trial, Miss Rivers said of Mr and Mrs Edwards: “No matter what happened, I love them both so much.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 19:41

Police have cordoned off Worle Railway Station for an ongoing police incident this evening (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 20:00

Fans of Abba and Grease can enjoy two hours of their greatest hits at The Playhouse on November 29.

Read more
The Playhouse Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 16:57

Life satisfaction and happiness levels have dropped in North Somerset in the past year, according to research from the Office for National Statistics.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:06

A ‘spectacular’ firework display will take place on Marine Parade on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:14

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has reassured people a teenager did not die in Worle last night (Wednesday) after rumours circulated on social media.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:04

Weston-super-Mare’s first balloon launch and ‘night glow’ which was due to take place on Saturday, has been postponed due to poor weather conditions.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:27

Future bids for fracking to take place across North Somerset should be decided by the authority and not the Government, according to councillors.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:37

A woman has been injured after colliding with a car in Weston this morning (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 08:58

A Priory Community School (PCSA) teacher has been cooking up tasty treats on a national cooking television programme.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:56

An accident involving two cars in Worle has resulted in slow moving traffic this morning (Thursday).

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather



max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists