Chatham Man Admits to Manslaughter of Convicted Child Rapist, Denies Murder Charge in Ongoing Trial

Chatham resident Simon Brown has admitted to the manslaughter of William Rowe, a convicted child rapist, but continues to deny the charge of murder. The 28-year-old father of two made the plea after his legal team concluded their defense case.

Rowe, 71, was found dead in Borstal, Rochester last September, and Brown’s trial for his murder has been ongoing in Maidstone Crown Court. It is expected that the jury will retire later this week to consider their verdict.

According to the prosecution, Mr. Rowe was violently attacked in the home of a mutual friend in the early hours of September 4, 2019. His body, covered in a blanket and a towel, was discovered by police the next day after Brown’s mother made a distressed call to emergency services.

The autopsy revealed that Mr. Rowe had sustained multiple injuries, including a significant one to his brain, 27 rib fractures, and fractures to his nose and eye area. His cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and torso.

While Brown has admitted to manslaughter, he maintains that he did not intend to kill Mr. Rowe. He told police that he became enraged when the sex offender bragged about his past crimes, and he could not control his anger.

However, the prosecution argued that Brown’s claim of not intending to cause serious harm or kill Mr. Rowe is not supported by the severity of the injuries sustained. They described his actions as a “blanket of rage” that he could not control.

The trial is ongoing, and the jury will soon reach a verdict on the murder charge.

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