Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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.

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