Man jailed for five years after one punch kills victim

Published 08/22/2014 11:37:58 AM

A man has been jailed for five years after killing a 34-year-old man in Manchester city centre.

Simon Tarry (11/10/1986) of Ennerdale Road, Stretford was found guilty of manslaughter at an earlier hearing and was sentenced today at Manchester Crown Court.

On Friday 24 January 2014, Tarry was stood outside South nightclub on John Dalton Street when he threw a punch at a man, before throwing a bin bag of rubbish at another.

John Millett and his friend, who had been on a night out, confronted Tarry about his behaviour before they walked off.

The group then made their way onto Deansgate where, without warning, Tarry punched John in the face knocking him to the ground, hitting his head.

An ambulance was called but John sadly died in hospital on 31 January 2014.

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said: "Tarry was blatantly looking for trouble as his behaviour outside the nightclub demonstrated. When he was confronted by Mr Millett, he threw a single powerful punch that instantly knocked him unconscious.

"John fell immediately backwards, hitting his head on the road. Tarry's only thought was getting away and he ran off as John lay there with critical injuries.

"Mr Millett's family have been left devastated by what happened and they will have to live with the fact this man took away their loved one, all because he wanted to cause trouble that morning."




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