Ex-boxer beat much-loved family man to death


Two women met Nick Bryan in a shop where they were buying alcohol and invited him back to a flat for drinks. It was an invitation that led to his death at the hands of a vicious thug.

Ex-boxer Adam Bowers was already at the flat in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, and had been drinking with the two women on November 15, 2021. Mr Bryan and Bowers got into an argument and Bowers turned violent.

Bowers beat Mr Bryan to death, punching, kicking and striking his terrified victim with a hammer. Now Bowers has been jailed for life for the brutal murder and will have to spend at least 20 years behind bars.

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Bowers, 35, carried out the sustained and violent attack on Mr Bryan before leaving the flat with one of the women. Avon and Somerset Police were called by paramedics after Mr Bryan was found unconscious. He was rushed to hospital but sadly died on November 17, 2021.

A post-mortem revealed the 46-year-old, who used to live in Leicestershire, had died after sustaining significant head injuries. A murder investigation was launched and led to Bowers being charged in November 2023. He pleaded guilty in February.

Adam Bowers admitted to the murder of Nick Bryan in Bristol Crown Court
Adam Bowers -Credit:Avon and Somerset Police

The court was told how 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 added Bowers had no reason to attack Mr Bryan or keep attacking in a 'sustained and savage fashion', adding the level of violence was 'grotesque'.

'Wonderful' and 'funny' family man

Nick Bryan
Nick Bryan was murdered in Weston-super-Mare -Credit:Avon and Somerset Police

Mr Bryan's family have since paid tribute to him. He was described as a "wonderful" and "funny" man.

Anne Bryan, Nick's mother, said of her son: "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 Bryan, said her brother's 'hysterical laugh' would be something everyone associated with him. She added: "I'd definitely like him to be remembered for how wonderful a person he was."

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.

A dangerous man behind bars

Holly Bryan and Nick Bryan
Holly Bryan and Nick Bryan -Credit:Avon and 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."