Four men charged with manslaughter after death of Mick Kearns in Newquay
Four men from the Newquay area have been charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of Michael Kearns outside a nightclub at the resort earlier this year.
Lewis Bowns, 25, of Lewarne Road, St Columb, Graham Andrew Lutey, 34, of Summercourt, Richard Favetta, 29, of Penmere Drive, Pentire, Newquay and Ian Harold, 45, of Fernhill Road, Newquay were yesterday jointly charged with the offence by police.
They have now been bailed to appear at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on November 5.
Shockwaves were sent through the Newquay community earlier this year when keen angler Michael ‘Mick’ Kearns, of Newquay, died outside Sailors nightclub on Fore Street during the early hours of Saturday April 27.
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Detectives initially launched a murder investigation but it was later down-graded.
Mick Kearns, 48, had been out in Newquay with friends to celebrate the end of an angling festival at White Acres when police and paramedics were called to Sailor’s nightclub at around 3am.
He was then taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Friends and family paid tribute to Mr Kearns at the time, saying he will be missed by not hundreds but thousands of people.
The loving father of Michael, 31, Nicola, 28, and Stuart, 20, and proud grandfather of Ethan, 2 and Sinead, 1, was well known for his love of fishing.
Pals even referred to White Acres Holiday Park, an angling hotspot where he lived in a caravan with wife Karen, as Kearn Acres after him, and described him as a “White Acres stalwart”.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Nicola’s partner, Neil, said at the time that Mick’s family were his whole life.
“If someone wanted something he would do it,” he said.
“He would drop everything to do anything for his family and his friends. Everyone but him came first in everything and anything.
“He was as much Karen’s rock as she was his rock. She said she has a knot in her stomach which will never go away.”
Originally from Birmingham, Mick dreamt of moving to Newquay after visiting the town several times a year to get his fishing fix. That dream became a reality a few years ago when he and Karen moved to their caravan in White Acres.