A machete-wielding thug has been jailed for 14 years for killing a celebrity bodyguard.
Ricky Hayden, 27, was wearing just a pair of boxer shorts when he was hacked to death outside his home after rushing out to stop two suspected thieves from stealing his brother’s moped.
But once outside he was set upon by callous Tommy Roome, then 19, who brutally stabbed him.
Ricky’s family and friends clapped and shouted “yes” as killer Roome received his sentence with a further five years to be served on extended licence.
They had earlier vented their anger outside court by waving banners and placards and saying justice had not been done.
Prosecutors said Ricky, his 21-year-old brother Perry and their father, 55, were confronted by Roome and Tarrell Hinds who were armed with two large machetes.
Jurors were told the pair had gone to Gibbfield Close that day to look for two other brothers with whom Roome was involved in an ongoing dispute.
Roome, now 20, of Chadwell Heath, east London, was found not guilty of murdering Mr Hayden by a jury at the Old Bailey, but convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Hinds, also 20, of Chigwell, was cleared of involvement in the killing, in Romford, east London, on September 13 2016.
Ricky, who was a bodyguard at the wedding of Premier League footballer Peter Crouch and his model bride Abbey Clancy, was stabbed several times including a deep wound to his thigh that severed a major blood vessel on September 13 last year.
Sentencing Roome Judge Philip Katz QC, said: “You stabbed and killed Ricky Hayden.
“He met his death in the road way outside his home in sickening circumstances witnessed by numerous people.
“Unlike you he had made something of his life in secure employment with Havering Council and had also had a second career in security which brought in into the public eye.
“He was highly regarded in that career much liked and respected. He was surrounded by a close and supportive family.
“One of the most striking features of this case it the absence of compassion from you for what you have done.
“I am sure that your use of a knife was not as a sudden or spontaneous reaction to a threat of violence from the Hayden’s.”
He added: “You were still pumped up for knife violence.
“It was within a hairs breadth of the crime of murder. You caused the death of entirely innocent person.”
In a personal impact statement by Ricky’s mother Susan Hedges was read out by prosecutor Bill Emlyn Jones QC.
In the statement she said: “We want to express to the court and to all in the court room exactly how the death has crushed my life and the lives of my family forever.
“Until now my family have been the unheard voice sitting at the back for the courtroom having to hear the shocking way our darling boy Ricky was heartlessly slain in the street at his most vulnerable, unarmed, unprepared, confused, wearing nothing but his underwear.
“Not once during this trial never have I heard the words sorry.”
The court heard the last time she spoke to her son was the day before the attack when he called her.
She said: “It was an unplanned call to tell me he loved me. That was the last time I would ever hear his sweet cheeky voice.”
Susan added: “The family are suffering every single day”