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Murderer Adam Bowers jailed for life for killing “wonderful” Nick Bryan in Weston

MURDERER Adam Bowers has been jailed for life after killing Nick Bryan in a Weston-super-Mare flat.

Bowers attacked 46-year-old Nick in November 2021 after a night of drinking, causing fatal injuries.

The victim’s family said they hope people remember him for being a “wonderful person” and a “larger than life character”.

Bowers had been drinking with two women at an address in Rydal Road on November 15, 2021, when the two women decided to go out to a convenience store in Weston to get more alcohol.

There, they met Mr Bryan who was in the shop at the same time, who they invited back to the flat.

However, after a number of hours together, an argument ensued and Bowers, a former boxer, conducted a violent and sustained attack on Mr Bryan by punching and kicking him.

He then left the scene with one of the women.

Police were called to the property by paramedics in the early hours of the following morning, where Mr Bryan was found unconscious.

He was taken to hospital, but sadly died on November 17.

A post-mortem revealed Mr Bryan, who used to live in Leicestershire, had died after sustaining significant head injuries.

A murder investigation was carried out and led to 35-year-old Bowers being charged in November 2023. He pleaded guilty in February.

Adam Bowers will serve at least 20 years behind bars. Picture: Avon & Somerset Police

Adam Bowers will serve at least 20 years behind bars. Picture: Avon & Somerset Police

Bristol Crown Court was told Bowers confessed to a fellow prisoner in 2022 – while serving a sentence for an unrelated offence – that he punched Mr Bryan repeatedly and also used a hammer in the sustained attack.

Judge Martin Picton handed Bowers a life sentence and told him he will serve a minimum of 20 years before he can be considered for release.

He said Bowers’ confession amounted to a “boast” of what he did and showed no remorse. He said Bowers had no reason to attack Mr Bryan, or keep attacking him in a “sustained and savage fashion”, adding the level of violence was “grotesque”.

Judge Picton said Mr Bryan was a “gentle soul” loved by family and friends.

Anne Bryan, Nick’s mother, said: “He was funny, he was kind, he was clever and a bit of a daredevil.

“He did bungee jumping, and white-water rafting; he loved stuff like that, swimming in the sea when it was cold.”

Nick’s sister, Holly, said her brother’s “hysterical laugh” would be something everyone associated with him.

“I’d definitely like him to be remembered for how wonderful a person he was,” she added.

She also said Nick loved anything Wonder Woman-related, so much so he was bought a themed blanket one Christmas.

In his honour, she wore a Wonder Woman costume to his funeral and her graduation.

Nick with sister Holly, left, and right, dressed up as his beloved Wonder Woman. Picture: Avon & Somerset Police

Nick with sister Holly, left, and right, dressed up as his beloved Wonder Woman. Picture: Avon & Somerset Police

Detective Chief Inspector Roger Doxsey, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “It is clear Nick was a much-loved son and brother, who brought laughter to the lives of those who were close to him.

“He died in November 2021 and we recognise a long time has passed since then.

“While we were always confident Bowers was the man responsible, this has been a complex investigation to ensure we secured a murder conviction.

“During that time we’ve not always had all the answers that Nick’s family would want, so I want to thank them for their patience and understanding.

“Ultimately we are relieved and satisfied this investigation has concluded with a life sentence. Bowers is a dangerous man, who is now behind bars, and will be for many years to come.”

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