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Murder charges over East Ham man's street attack death

PUBLISHED: 10:16 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07 05 August 2016

Michael Beckwith

Michael Beckwith

Essex Police

A woman, a man and a teenage boy have been charged with murder after a former East Ham resident was fatally struck on the head with a metal object, police have said.

Michael Beckwith, 44, was seriously injured in the incident in the Essex seaside town of Harwich on July 31, and died in hospital on August 2.

Mr Beckwith’s mother, Iris Beckwith, said: “Michael was born in Barking Hospital in 1971 and grew up in East Ham.”

They moved to Harwich in 2003 after the deaths of Mr Beckwith’s father and sister.

Scott Swift, 27, of Station Road, Dovercourt, Rebecca Ryan, 21, of Hilltop Rise, Weeley, and a 17-year-old boy, from Harwich, all appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today.

Iris paid tribute to her son. “Michael was only 44 when he passed away,” she said. “His passing came far too soon for a young man who just wanted to make people’s lives better.

“He will be very much missed by me and all who knew him.”

Mr Beckwith previously worked at a poultry factory in Witham, and then at a care home in Weeley, near Clacton-on-Sea, for people with mental health problems.

“He enjoyed what he did and I believe he’d found his vocation in making people’s lives better,” his mother said.

“He had been working at the home for six years before he passed away and I’ve received many kind words from his work colleagues, which make me realise how well-thought of he was.”

Mr Beckwith was a keen fisherman and was a member of Harwich Angling Club.

He also liked listening to Elvis Presley, loved classic cars and was an animal lover, his mother said.

Scott Swift and Rebecca Ryan will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on September 2 for case management hearings.

Did you know Michael Beckwith? If you would like to pay tribute to him, email zoah.hedges-stocks@archant.co.uk or call 02084773981

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