Alcoholic jailed after beating man in Barking flat

An alcoholic who repeatedly battered a vulnerable father moments before he was stabbed to death in a flat in Barking was jailed for 11 years today.

Kelly Gentry, 40, kicked and stamped on 41-year-old Carl Everson in a “violent, drunk and angry attack” after inviting him to a birthday party.

Her friend Antoinette Van Dungey, 43, then stabbed him three times in the neck before taking his money and using it to buy drugs.

Van Dungey, who had already served a 42-month prison term for the manslaughter of her husband Kenneth Quy in 2004, was jailed for life at the Old Bailey last month after a jury found her guilty of murder.

Gentry, a mother of one, was also charged with murder, but the jury convicted her of the lesser charge of wounding with intent.

Judge Stephen Kramer QC said: “The evidence shows you must have stamped on him and taken part to such an extent that he sustained internal bleeding on the brain.

But he said would not impose an indefinite sentence after hearing of the efforts Gentry had made to tackle her alcohol problem since the attack.

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Mr Everson was ‘living the life of an alcoholic’ despite battling his drink problem with the help of his family, the Old Bailey heard.

On Saturday October 16 he decided to take a nap in a flowerbed behind a bus stop in Bastable Avenue, Barking.

Gentry befriended him and he later went to Van Dungey’s home in Sugden Way.

During that night Mr Everson was beaten, kicked and stamped on so hard that shoe imprints were left on his body.

Van Dungey later told doctors that she stabbed Mr Everson to ‘put him out of his misery’ after he was beaten unconscious by Gentry.

Van Dungey and Gentry, of Bedford Road, Tottenham, both denied murder.