Former boxer given life sentence for 'grotesque' murder of 'much-loved son'

Adam Bowers
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A murderer has been given a life sentence after a “savage” and “grotesque” attack in a Weston-super-Mare flat. Adam Bowers, a former boxer, was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison after he killed Nick Bryan.

Bowers had been drinking with two women and Mr Bryan at an address in Rydal Road when an argument broke out. He then launched a “violent” attack on Mr Bryan, punching and kicking him, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Bristol Crown Court was told that Bowers had confessed to a fellow prisoner in 2022, while serving a sentence for an unrelated offence, that he punched Mr Bryan repeatedly and used a hammer, the force said. Judge Martin Picton said the confession amounted to a “boast” of what he did and that he “showed no remorse”, it added.

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Mr Bryan, 46, who grew up in Leicestershire, sustained “significant” head injuries in the attack on the evening of November 15, 2021. Nick’s sister, Holly Bryan, said her brother’s “hysterical laugh” was something everyone associated with him.

She said: “I’d definitely like him to be remembered for how wonderful a person he was.” She said Nick loved anything Wonder Woman-related, so much so, he was once bought a themed blanket for Christmas.

In his honour, she wore a Wonder Woman costume to his funeral and her graduation, the force said. Nick’s mother, Anne Bryan, said of her son: “He was funny, he was kind, he was clever and a bit of a daredevil.

Nick Bryan
Nick Bryan -Credit:Supplied

“He did bungee jumping, and white-water rafting; he loved stuff like that, swimming in the sea when it was cold.” Judge Picton said Mr Bryan was a ‘gentle soul’ loved by family and friends, Avon and Somerset Police added.

Bowers had been drinking with two women at an address in November 2021, when the two women decided to go out to a convenience store in Weston-super-Mare 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, the force said.

However after a number of hours together, an argument ensued and Bowers, 35, attacked Mr Bryan, before fleeing. It said in court Judge Picton said Bowers had no reason to attack Mr Bryan or keep attacking “in a sustained and savage fashion”, adding that the level of violence was “grotesque”.

Holly and Nick Bryan
Holly and Nick Bryan -Credit:Supplied

Mr Bryan was taken to hospital but died on November 17, 2021. A murder investigation then began and it led to Bowers being charged in November 2023, Avon and Somerset Police said.

He pleaded guilty to Mr Bryan’s murder in February and was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Friday (May 31). Detective chief inspector Roger Doxsey, of the Major Crime Investigation Team at Avon and Somerset Police, 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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