A thug jailed for his role in the vicious killing of Hanworth man Ricky Fisher four years ago returned to a life of crime immediately after his release, the Chronicle has learned.
Paul Baker was jailed for four years in September 2005, after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of the 22-year-old reveller as he got off a night bus outside Hanworth Library, seven months earlier.
Baker, who used to live in Ruskin Avenue, Feltham, was released early on licence but immediately found himself in trouble with the law.
The 23-year-old was sentenced to 15 months in prison at Guildford Crown Court last month after he and two accomplices confessed to burglary and aggravated car taking.
Baker and his pals, including Tyron Tocher,19, of Ruscombe Way, Feltham, burgled two homes in Ripley, near Woking, on August 13 last year.
The gang pinched cameras, cash, computer equipment and jewellery before stealing two cars, including a £35,000 BMW.
Baker, who was living in Walton on Thames, was recalled on licence when he was caught for the burglaries.
He will serve his full term for manslaughter, until May next year, after which he will start his 15-month sentence.
Rodney McCure, defending him, said that this had already been a 'significant punishment'.
"He has shown a great deal of remorse and clearly regrets his actions," he added. "He has a desire to change and wishes to apologise to the complainant."
Tocher, who also pleaded guilty to two separate counts of handling stolen goods, received three years with credit for 169 days.
The third man, Gary James, 23, was imprisoned for six months with credit for 40 days.
Baker was one of a gang of four men who attacked Ricky and his friend, Shaun Rudling, as they got off the N285 bus in Hampton Road West.
He had been chasing the bus in a stolen sports car after being summoned by his half-brother, Lee McCready, who had been involved in an argument with the pair earlier in Kingston.
The gang stamped, kicked and stabbed Ricky, while shouting racist taunts at his black friend as they beat him with a heavy torch.
Ricky, a courier driver, managed to crawl home but died from his injuries the following day. McReady was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The killing shocked the community and more than 400 people attended Ricky's funeral.
"Ricky has left behind a lot of people who love and miss him," said his mum Elaine, in a tribute posted on a memorial website
"He had many friends who still come to see us and keep in contact all of the time, as if Ricky was still here.
"A lot of people looked up to him and respected him very much.
"I don't think there was anyone who met Ricky who did not like him. He was a true friend and was always there for his friends and anyone else who needed him."