Two men jailed following the manslaughter of Mark Manning
Worthing mechanic Colin Gale has been jailed for 15 years and eight months for the manslaughter of Mark Manning (pictured above) and preventing his lawful burial. His accomplice Stewart Robertson from Portslade has been sentenced to four years for also preventing the lawful burial of Mark. They appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (13 March) for sentencing after being found guilty on 6 February following a four-week trial.
Judge Sharni Barnes told Gale: “You killed Mark Manning in a short momentary act of violence when you lost control. But you regained your composure enough to cover up what you had done by calling upon Stewart Robertson, who relied on you, to help you dispose of Mark’s body, get rid of the weapon and the mobile phones and then lie to Mark’s family about his whereabouts and misdirect the police.
“I would like to commend the Sussex Police investigation team for their hard work in what was a difficult and complex case. They conducted themselves in a professional and exemplary manner including the way they dealt with Robertson and gained his trust so that he could show them where Mark’s body was.”