Saturday, December 13, 2008

Guilty verdict in Lakewood fatal-punch fight doesn't resolve the sorrow

Their paths crossed for an hour, maybe less. Their egos inflamed in an argument about petty things -- clothing, name brands, ballcaps. No one can remember exactly how it began or who started it.
But no one can forget how it ended -- on a slushy street outside a Lakewood bar, with a single punch that would haunt two families forever.
A Cuyahoga County jury found Derrick Dykas, 24, guilty Thursday of throwing the punch that killed Matthew Hockey of Lakewood. Dykas faces one to five years in prison for his involuntary manslaughter conviction but could be placed on probation instead. Common Pleas Judge John Russo will sentence him Monday, Jan. 12.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The single punch that killed Andrew Jones

A TEACHER has told of the moment she cradled a dying Liverpool teenager in her arms.
Simone Simpson went to the aid of 18-year-old Andrew Jones as he lay in the street after being felled by a single punch which broke his jaw in the early hours of March 9, 2003.
As the teenager fell, his head struck the ground with enough force to make it “bounce”. He died hours later in hospital.

Jail for man who killed with a punch

Published Date: 10 December 2008

A single punch delivered resulted in the death of a 35-year-old man who was a stalwart of the county's Hindu community.

Yesterday at Leicester Crown Court Liam Dann, 23, admitted Sachine Popat's manslaughter, having assaulted him outside Molly's bar in Northampton town centre on August 30.About 1,000 people from Hindu communities across the county attended a prayer session at Wellingborough's Hindu Community Centre following Mr Popat's death.Dann, of Rookery Lane, Spring Park, Northampton, was jailed for 42 months by Judge John Milmo.

Christopher Donnellan, prosecuting, said: "Mr Popat was attacked by this defendant. It was unprovoked and totally unexpected."The defendant struck him on the lower part of his face with his fist and the blow struck him totally by surprise."Either dazed or knocked out by the blow, his head hit the ground, causing head injuries from which he died a short while later.

Friday, November 21, 2008

CRIME: A Punch Can Kill - A Family's Fight for Justice

Pooja Dorward says her brother, Kapali Giridhar Swamy, was outgoing, personable and friendly. An artistic person who was fond of movies, his dream was to be a director, Dorward told SAJAforum in a phone interview.

However, Swamy’s dreams have died with him. The 27-year-old Alabama native was killed in Hanceville in Cullman County, Alabama, on Nov. 18, 2007. The reason for his death— just one or two punches from 23-year-old Christopher Brett Pennington.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ex-Harrow schoolboy punched to death during business trip to 'safe' Switzerland

A former public schoolboy has been punched to death during a short business trip to normally-safe .
Popular international commodities trader Tom Lamb, 28, who attended £28,000-a-year Harrow School, was attacked during what appeared to be a mugging in Lucerne.
A single punch left him unconscious - and he was kept on a life support machine until his parents were flown to Switzerland by private jet to see doctors switch the machine off.
His parents Jeremy, 64, a retired businessman, and Jenny, 67, have spoken from their south home of their grief at losing their youngest son.
Mrs Lamb, of Wandsworth, said: 'We are devastated. It's been an unbelievable shock.'
Mr Lamb said: 'You don't expect it in Switzerland and not in Lucerne.
'Tom was out with a friend in the city. They were walking back to their hotel when four men came up to them and while one engaged Tom's friend in conversation, one of the other guys just hit Tom.
'He went down and never regained consciousness. It would appear there was only one punch.'

Monday, October 13, 2008

Colleague’s punch kills worker

MANILA, Philippines – A construction worker’s punch killed his co-worker following a spat early Monday in Caloocan City. The Caloocan police are tracking the suspect, identified as J.V. Cile, a resident of Bagong Silang, Caloocan. His victim, John Lacambra, 53, also of Bagong Silang, died after Cile punched him in the face. Police Officer 1 Alcee Jumaquio, case investigator, said the two workers had attended a wake when, for unknown reasons, a scuffle broke out between them at around 12 a.m.Even as bystanders tried to break them apart, Cile, who was reported to be inebriated, managed to land the punch on the face of Lacambra, who fell down and hit his head on the concrete pavement. Lacambra, who lost consciousness, was immediately brought to the nearest hospital where he died while undergoing treatment. Cile, on the other hand, escaped immediately after the incident.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Man whose punch killed father wins will battle

A former boxing champion whose father died during a playfight has successfully contested his will, earning a bigger share of his father's estate.
Clint Alexander was cleared in the High Court in Wellington last year of the manslaughter of drag racer Graham Alexander.
Wellington Coroner Garry Evans found Graham Alexander, 49, died from massive head injuries after being punched by his son during a night's drinking in Wellington in late 2005.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Innocent shopper Kevin Tripp killed by single punch

A frail man suffering from myalgic encephalopathy (ME) died after being punched in a supermarket by a stranger who had mistakenly identified him as a queue-jumper.
Kevin Tripp, 57, was hit with such ferocity at a Sainsbury’s store in South London that he collapsed unconscious to the floor and died in hospital.

Police said yesterday that Mr Tripp, who was 6ft but weighed only 9st after struggling with ME for 20 years, had been an innocent bystander.
It is alleged that a woman abused by a youth during the queue-jumping incident had telephoned her partner, who then went to the store, but mistakenly assaulted Mr Tripp. He hit his head as he fell.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Police name man killed with one punch at bar

Police have named the man who died after being floored with a single punch outside a bar on Friday night.
David Keith Mernin, 51, of Pakuranga died after the altercation outside the Heading Home Bar.
A 48-year-old man has been charged with assault.
Police spokeswoman Angeline Barlow said a post mortem examination was carried out this morning and police will decide on further charges after receiving the results.
Police are carrying out inquiries in an attempt to locate and speak to everyone who was in the area of the bar and neighbouring restaurants on Friday evening.
Mr Mernin died in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital 24 hours after being found unconscious outside the bar in Pakuranga.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Man admits his punch killed dad in Gateshead pub

A PUB peacemaker was killed after he was mistaken for an aggressor.
Dad-of-four Steven Johnson, 54, had raised his hand in a bid to quell trouble in a Gateshead pub.
But Kelvin Davies mistook the gesture for a threatening one and punched him unconscious.
Mr Johnson, from Teams, Gateshead, died nine months later of his injuries and yesterday Davies pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.
Paul Sloan QC, for Davies, said: “The defendant accepts, whether rightly or wrongly, he believed force might be about to be used against him.
“But he accepts the punch he delivered was excessive in all the circumstances.”
Davies attacked Mr Johnson in The Trafalgar in Gateshead on January 28 last year.
The Federation Brewery caretaker was in a coma for nine months and died in hospital.
Tim Parkin, prosecuting, said: “Perhaps in the deceased was seen in the circumstances to be a peacemaker but nonetheless, a hand raised can be misunderstood.”
The case was not fully opened and sentencing was adjourned for pre-sentence reports to be compiled.
Judge Esmond Faulks told Davies: “You have pleaded guilty to this serious charge.
“You will get credit for the guilty plea in due course when it comes to sentence.
“I’m not going to sentence you today because I would like to know a bit more about your background and the circumstances.”
Davies, 26, of Oak Square, Teams, Gateshead was given conditional bail until the week beginning June 30.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Pro Surfer’s Death Exposes Beach Town’s Violent Side

The authorities say the shirtless man was Eric House, 21, with whom Mr. Kauanui had been drinking at the La Jolla Brew House, a nearby bar. It was there that Mr. House may or may not have flirted with Mr. Kauanui’s girlfriend, according to the police, and there that Mr. Kauanui may or may not have intentionally spilled a drink on Mr. House. Witness accounts are contradictory.

What seems beyond dispute is that a security guard at the bar asked Mr. Kauanui to leave and that Mr. House and four others — Mr. Cravens; Orlando Osuna, 23; Matthew Yanke, 21; and Henri Hendricks, 22 — later drove to Mr. Kauanui’s home, prosecutors say to retaliate against him.

Mr. Kauanui’s head “buckled up and down like a bobblehead doll” during the fight, Mr. Hendricks told the police. When Mr. Kauanui fell back onto the sidewalk, his head landed on the concrete with what Mr. Cravens described to the police as “a loud thud.”

Saturday, May 3, 2008

One Punch Can Kill

The One Punch Can Kill campaign is aimed at preventing senseless violence among young people, and about stopping them from making split-second decisions that could ruin their lives or the lives of others.
It targets ‘Generation Y’ using modern media and technology, and informs today’s youth that acts of violence can have very serious and damaging consequences.
Research shows young men between the age of 15 and 25 are the most likely to be assault victims or offenders.
One Punch Can Kill is the result of recommendations from the Government’s Youth Violence Task Force, which called for a targeted media strategy to send home the message of anti-violence.
The slogan ‘One Punch Can Kill’ is a reminder of the shocking reality that simple acts of violence can have tragic consequences.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Ontario: Punch killed man breaking into car

A Windsor college student has been charged with manslaughter after he allegedly punched a man breaking into his car in downtown Windsor. Mark Curtis, 22, was arrested Wednesday after an unconscious man was found about 1:30 a.m. lying in a alley, bleeding heavily. Robert William Hiel, 47, died later in hospital.

Police say Mr. Hiel, who had no fixed address, opened the passenger door on a parked Honda to discover a couple inside. "The guy (in the car) came out, walked around, punched him and left," a police spokesman said. Mr. Curtis appeared in court yesterday and was released on bail.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Punch to head killed Good Samaritan near Edmonton bar

A man police said was trying to break up a fight outside a north Edmonton bar died from being punched in the head, the medical examiner said Tuesday.

Randy Lintner died after trying to stop a fight outside an Edmonton bar, said police.(CBC)
Randy George Lintner, 46, died from head trauma as a direct result of a punch to the head, an autopsy concluded.

Police were called to a fight outside the Canadian Brewhouse near 127th Avenue and 97th Street just after midnight on Sunday. They found Lintner suffering from serious injuries. He died later in hospital.