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.