Man sentenced for manslaughter of Gino Nelmes in Horfield, Bristol last year
By matt_2009 | Friday, February 01, 2013, 15:21
Marc Carter has been handed an indeterminate sentence for the manslaughter of Gino Nelmes in Bristol last year.
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Police were called to a property in Horfield on Saturday March 17, 2012 following reports that a man was suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim, Gino Nelmes, was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary but died of his injuries.
An investigation began and Marc Carter, then aged 46, was arrested in connection with Gino's death. He was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in September. He was today (Friday February 1) given an indeterminate public protection order at Bristol Crown Court and must serve at least 12 years before he can be considered for parole.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Edward Heath from the Major Crime Investigation Unit said: "This was a tragic and senseless killing of Gino Nelmes, a young man who had his own problems but was coping and living well in a supportive environment.
"Marc Carter suffered from paranoid schizophrenia back in March 2012 and this condition severely impaired his thought processes that day last year and his illness clearly contributed to Gino's death.
"My thoughts today are with the family and friends of Gino. They at least have some understanding of the events that led to and caused Gino's untimely death. They continue to support both the Police and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership in identifying key factors that led to this dreadful event."
Tony and Cheryl Nelmes, Gino's adoptive parents, said: "Gino was a loving, caring person whose smile was infectious. He had gone through a tough period in his life which we now know was due to mental health problems. Once these were diagnosed and he was given appropriate care and treatment he was able to turn his life around. In recent years, Gino was the happiest that we have ever seen him. He had been living at the supported accommodation in Filton Avenue for the last seven years and was content and comfortable there. He had a loving family that he adored; he also had a partner and two young children that he absolutely doted on.
"His funeral was attended by over 400 people. It was clear to us then, and in the messages we have had since, how much Gino meant to so many people.
"For us, the pain of losing Gino has at times been unbearable. Thoughts of his last moments constantly fill our minds. There have been times when we have struggled to cope and wondered how we would ever get through this terrible time. We are therefore so grateful for the love and care given to us by our families. We would also like to thank our Family Liaison Officer, DC Liz Cousins, and all of her colleagues who investigated the case as well as Audrey Carson from the Homicide Support Service for all of their help and support.
"Nothing will ever make up for the fact that we all have to go through our lives now without Gino but we hope that today's sentence will protect other families from going through what we have gone through in the last eleven months and will continue to go through for the rest of our lives."