Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Man dies 2 days after fight at Hampton home


New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent
12 hours, 26 minutes ago

Hampton – What began as a fight Saturday night between two men over a woman ended with one man suffering injuries that would prove fatal and another behind bars, police said yesterday.

Police said Joshua Egbert, 33, was at his 8A Brown Ave. home before 9 Saturday night when he and his friend, David Herrick, 38, began to fight over Egbert's girlfriend.

Herrick was charged with first-degree assault yesterday, but the state Attorney General's Office is working with local police on the assault investigation and charges against Herrick could be upgraded.

Herrick told police that Egbert became belligerent, started breaking things, punched him in the face and then threatened him with a piece of broken glass, according to an arrest affidavit. Herrick said he fought back in self-defense.

"I punched him as hard as I could with everything I had and I didn't stop until he was not moving anymore," Herrick told police, according to an affidavit that said the pair were "heavy into drinking" when the fight broke out.

Egbert was taken to Exeter Hospital and later transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with a brain injury. Last night, a hospital official confirmed he had died.

Herrick was arrested after the fight when he voluntarily told police about what happened and went to the station with them. He was held on $500,000 cash or bond during his arraignment on the first-degree assault charge yesterday at Hampton District Court in Seabrook.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Five years for fatal punch in brawl


A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in jail following a fight which left a man fatally wounded.
The young man was found guilty of homicide by negligence. During a brawl outside a night club in Aarau, he punched a 19-year-old in the face. The young victim went into a coma and died two months later.
In addition to his prison sentence, the 22-year-old has been ordered to pay compensation of CHF 60,000 francs to his victim’s mother, and CHF 40,000 to his father.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Witness: Suspect in one-punch death said victim 'deserved it'


After throwing a punch that ultimately cost another man his life, Dustin Goy told a friend "that guy deserved it," a prosecution witness said Tuesday in the Crystal Lake man's involuntary manslaughter trial.
Others, however, testified that Goy was trying to walk away from the commotion that precipitated the fatal punch, only to be followed by the larger man he claims he struck in self-defense.
Goy, 32, could face anywhere from five years in prison to probation if found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from the Sept. 8, 2007, altercation that ended with him punching 45-year-old Anthony Carlsen outside The Cottage, a downtown Crystal Lake tavern.
After the incident and unaware of Carlsen's condition, Goy and several in his group walked to another tavern nearby where, bartender Kimberly LaPointe testified, she heard the "that guy deserved it" remark.
Her testimony followed Carlsen friend and neighbor Charyn Ullrick, who said she was near him when the fatal blow was struck, but did not see it happen. She did, however, describe the moments leading up to it, saying Carlsen seemed confused, but not angry. But she also may have provided Goy's self-defense claim a boost when she said he and his friends were walking away from Carlsen before the punch.
"You never saw Mr. Goy do anything to Mr. Carlsen but walk away, correct?" asked defense lawyer Timothy Mahoney.
"Correct," Ullrick replied.
At Goy's request, the trial is being heard by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather instead of a jury.

Fatal punch trial opens with differing accounts


Dustin Goy, 32, of Crystal Lake is being tried this week on a charge of involuntary manslaughter for a punch that killed Anthony Carlsen outside a Crystal Lake bar in September 2007.
The Northwest Herald will be providing regular updates as warranted from the trial at www.NWHerald.com and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nwherald.
Under today's updates, you will find the story from Monday's proceedings.
2:20 p.m. today: Trial has ended for the day. It will resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Prosecutors expect to rest their case Wednesday.
2:18 p.m. today: Goy went to a nearby bar after the incident. A bartender there told police she overheard him say that man deserved to be punched.
2:12 p.m. today: Goy defense said in opening statement that 911 tape included someone shouting "Get back here; we're going to kill you."
2:10 p.m. today: 911 tape in Goy trial reveals cursing in background as caller indicates Carlsen is bleeding from the back of his head.
10:56 a.m. today: Both sides agree that the man she saw push Carlsen at the beginning of the fight was not Dustin Goy.
10:55 a.m. today: Then, woman said she saw the four men running away.
10:53 a.m. today: Then, the woman didn't see the fatal punch but heard a thud "like a watermelon hitting the ground." Carlsen didn't get up.
10:50 a.m. today: Woman: Three men were walking away, but Carlsen followed. She thought he seemed confused.
10:49 a.m. today: In Goy trial, woman saw 4 men in C formation around Carlsen. One pushed him to the ground . Carlsen got up, said, "I didn't do nothing."
9:38 a.m. today: Another bar patron: Goy seemed to joke about fighting before incident, asked inside the bar if he'd have his back
WOODSTOCK – The trial of a 32-year-old Crystal Lake man accused of delivering a fatal punch started Monday with differing accounts of the September 2007 fight.
Prosecutors said Anthony Carlsen, 45, never saw Dustin Goy’s punch coming, and defense attorneys said Carlsen turned toward Goy with his hands out and palms up immediately after someone else had pushed Carlsen to the ground during a heated exchange.
Either way, Carlsen’s head struck the ground after Goy punched him outside a Crystal Lake tavern, and he died about five weeks later, leaving behind a wife and two children, now ages 20 and 18.
Prosecutors last week reduced the charges against Goy from murder and aggravated battery to involuntary manslaughter. Defense attorneys have maintained that Goy was not guilty, because he acted in self-defense.
If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Goy could be sentenced to probation or to between two and five years in prison.
At Goy’s request, Judge Sharon Prather will determine his innocence or guilt at the end of the trial, which is expected to last at least through Thursday.
During opening statements Monday afternoon, Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs said that Goy fled the scene after the early-morning incident. Then a bartender at another tavern refused to serve him because he appeared intoxicated, Combs said.
Later, when police interviewed him, Goy demonstrated how he delivered the ultimately fatal punch. Combs said the punch was both reckless and not flung in self-defense.
“There is no reason why he had to strike Anthony Carlsen, much less with the force he did,” Combs said.
But defense attorney Robert Haeger emphasized that Carlsen was about 6 feet tall and weighed 280 pounds, while Goy is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds. Haeger said Goy was observing, not participating, in the altercation in which Carlsen was the aggressor.
“If Mr. Goy wants to fight, as the state wants you to believe, why would he pick this giant?” Haeger said.
Haeger also disputed that Goy put much force behind the punch, stating that authorities found no marks on Goy’s hand nor any marks on Carlsen’s body from his chest to his chin.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Murder charges reduced to manslaughter


WOODSTOCK - Prosecutors reduced charges in what they previously called a “one-punch murder” to involuntary manslaughter this morning.Prosecutors dropped charges of murder and aggravated battery against Dustin Goy, 32, of Crystal Lake. Goy previously had faced 20 to 60 years in prison if convicted of murder. If he is convicted of the reduced charge after a bench trial next week, he could be sentenced to probation or to two to five years in prison.Goy is accused of delivering an ultimately fatal punch to Anthony Carlsen, 45, outside a downtown Crystal Lake bar in September 2007. Carlsen cracked his skull on the pavement and died a week later, leaving behind a wife and two teenage children.

Authorities have said the punch was unprovoked, but defense attorneys have argued that Goy acted in self-defense when Carlsen approached him after another man had pushed Carlsen to the ground. He has been free from custody after posting $50,000 bond shortly after the original charges were filed.The trial is set to start at 1:30 p.m. Monday before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather. At Goy’s request, Prather, rather than a jury, will determine his guilt or innocence

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Guilty verdict in Qatari killing


LONDON // A man who delivered a fatal punch to a Qatari student during a racially motivated brawl at an English seaside town, was found guilty of the killing yesterday.After eight hours’ deliberation, a jury at Lewes Crown Court found George Austin, 22, guilty of the manslaughter of 16-year-old Mohammed al Majed on the seafront at Hastings in August last year.Mohammed, who was in Britain for the summer studying English, suffered brain damage when he struck his head on the pavement and died in hospital in London three days later.
Abdulla al Majed, Mohammed’s father, said in a statement after the verdict: “Mohammed Abdulla al Majed, our boy, tragically lost his life just over a year ago. We believe that the right verdict was reached today.“We, the family, thank the Emir of Qatar and the Crown Prince for their belief in our family’s search for justice. The support of the people of Qatar has been extraordinary.”Mr al Majed also thanked the Qatari ambassador in Britain, Mr Khalid Rashid al Mansouri, and his staff for all their assistance along with the British government and Sussex police.
Mohammed and a group of friends, mainly teenage Arab students, were attacked late in the evening outside a kebab shop on the Hastings seafront by a group of English youths who had been drinking heavily.Peter Henworth, 17, one of the students who was originally from Nigeria, became the focal point of abuse. He was sworn at and called “a nigger” before Paul Rockett, one of Austin’s co-defendants, threw a punch at him.

The group then chased Mr Henworth along the seafront and Mohammed, his 16-year-old cousin Abdullah Alnowais and their friend Mojeb Qatani, took shelter in the kebab shop to avoid further trouble.After a while, the trio made a run for it but encountered Austin who was returning from the unsuccessful chase of Mr Henworth.It was then that Austin, from south London, delivered the fatal blow, knocking Mohammed off his feet. Contrary to earlier reports, no other youths attacked Mohammed.
Austin, who fled the country after the incident but was arrested when he flew back into Britain last November, maintained at the four-week trial that he had acted in self-defence, thinking he was about to be attacked as the students ran towards him.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fatal punch 'was in self defence'


A punch which may have killed a man from Suffolk could have been thrown in self defence, a court has heard.
Bradley Baker, who was 31 and from Sizewell, died in King's Lynn, Norfolk, after being punched, Norwich Crown Court has been told.
Christopher Noble, 26, of South Wootton, Norfolk, denies manslaughter.
Witness Robin Green told the court he thought Mr Noble was acting in self defence as he had become involved in a fight with two men.
'Blunt force'
He said he saw the punched man go down "as if a rug was pulled from under his feet... He went straight down".
Earlier the court heard a post-mortem examination carried out by pathologist Dr Nat Cary revealed the cause of death was a severe head injury because of "a blunt force impact causing a skull fracture".
Mr Baker died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn the day after the fight.
Mr Noble claims he was punched and returned the blow in self defence.
John Baldwin, 28, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, is also on trial charged with affray in connection with the fight.
The case continues.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Murder trial: Punch killed Suffolk man


A SUFFOLK man died from serious head injuries after he was knocked unconscious by a single punch in a fight outside a King's Lynn takeaway following a row over a pizza, a court heard. Taxi driver Christopher Noble punched Bradley Baker, of Sizewell, near Leiston, after the two men confronted each other in an alleyway off Norfolk Street, Norwich Crown Court heard. Mr Baker, who had been working as a subcontractor on the Marks & Spencer store in the town, was knocked unconscious and fell to the floor striking his head. Christopher Morgan, prosecuting, said Mr Baker, 31, suffered a severe head injury and despite being treated by paramedics at the scene. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital he never regained consciousness and died later that day. Noble, 26, of Hall Lane, South Wootton, has denied manslaughter on May 6

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

'Punch killed Stringfellows customer'


A customer who touched a dancer in Stringfellows nightclub died after being punched by a bouncer, the Old Bailey was told today.
George MacDonald, 34, smashed his head on the pavement after being punched by amateur boxer Marcus Marriott, it was alleged.
Mr MacDonald, of Southam, Warwickshire, who had gone to the central London Stringfellows after a stag party, had been thrown out of the club seconds before.
Dorian Lovell-Pank QC, prosecuting, said 21-stone Mr MacDonald had been swearing at Marriott as he and two other doorman escorted him out.
"In the next 30 seconds Marcus Marriott had punched Mr MacDonald so hard in the right side of his face that it shattered his upper jawbone and sent his body crashing to the pavement where he fractured his skull," said Mr Lovell-Pank.
He said dancers at the club perform striptease, pole and lap dancing and even provide private shows.
Mr Lovell-Pank added: "But one strict rule must be adhered to - you must not touch the girls in any way.
"If you do, you are likely to be ejected."
Mr MacDonald had been chatting with a Polish dancer named Anna. But as Anna danced for him, "he pulled her towards him".
He was led out of the building by two doormen followed by Marriott.Marriott, 33, of Chingford, east London, denies alternatives charges of murder and manslaughter in October, last year.
The court was told Marriott fought under the name of Marcus Lee at cruiser and heavyweight. He had also

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fatal punch gets Riverside man nine years in prison


The Press-Enterprise
Mia Means struggled to speak Monday as she addressed a Superior Court judge who would sentence a man to nine years in prison for delivering a fatal punch to her son.
"I kept asking if he knew who I was, and he just looked at me and smiled," she told Judge Elisabeth Sichel, recalling the night her son, Eric "Hoss" Means, was injured.
She watched as he convulsed and slipped into a coma at Riverside Community Hospital, where the 19-year-old Riverside resident died two days after being punched by Jude Wiscowiche at a Riverside Del Taco.

Man gets 9 years for fatal punch


A Riverside man was sentenced this morning to nine years in prison for punching a man who later died.
Jude Wiscowiche had rear ended the car that Eric "Hoss" Means was riding in two years ago.
Means was trying to take a picture of Wiscowiche's license plate after the accident and Wiscowiche punched him, causing Means to fall to the ground. Wiscowiche, 22, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon.
Means, 19, died two days later at Riverside Community Hospital.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fatal punch earns 18 years in prison


Victim killed in Warehouse District fight
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Leila Atassi
Plain Dealer Reporter
A Cleveland man will spend 18 years in prison for throwing the punch that killed 22-year-old Michael Corrado outside a Warehouse District bar in May.
Walter Triplett Jr. hung his head Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court as Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold sentenced him to the maximum prison term of eight years for felonious assault with an additional 10 years for earning the status of repeat violent offender.
Triplett, 28, has served prison sentences for violent crimes in four other cases since 1997, Saffold said

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Calgary panhandler sentenced to three years for delivering fatal punch


The panhandler who delivered a fatal punch to a man who refused to give him fifty cents back in July has been handed a three year jail sentence.Donald Foran was walking in the 4700 Block of 16th Avenue N.W, with his hands full of groceries, when Christopher Guthrie asked him for change.Foran refused, an agrument ensued, and Guthrie then punched him in the face, knocking him to the concrete.Foran died from brain hemorrhaging in hospital nine days later.His brother Bruce says the sentence is much too light.The judge accepted the crown's application that Guthrie must serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Footballer died after mate's unprovoked punch, court hears


An amateur footballer died on a Geelong oval after his teammate lashed out unprovoked, a court heard today.
Daniel Singleton, 29, of the Geelong suburb of Highton, has been charged with manslaughter after Nathan Alsop's death at East Geelong Football Club grand final celebrations on Saturday night.
Police allege Singleton delivered a fatal punch to Mr Alsop, 37, before walking back to the clubroom.
Singleton and Mr Alsop were teammates in the East Geelong reserve side.
Detective Senior Constable Sarah Woods told the Geelong Magistrates Court this morning the alleged incident took place at the edge of an oval and a key witness was Singleton's housemate.
She said there had been nothing angry about a conversation involving Singleton and Mr Alsop and, without provocation, Singleton had punched Mr Alsop on the right side of his face, making him fall backwards onto the oval.
"There's nothing aggressive about the conversation until the victim Alsop said: 'You took my wife to the football last week','' Senior Constable Woods told the court.
"The defendant didn't say much in reply except that the victim's wife had tickets to the football.
"The defendant, without any provocation, punched the victim to the right side of the head using a clenched left fist. As a result of being struck, the victim fell backwards.''
Detective Senior Constable Woods said paramedics attended but Mr Alsop died at the scene.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Convicted murderer to face new charges for jail inmate's slaying


EDINBURG — A man who previously admitted to strangling his girlfriend with an Xbox controller cord was formally arraigned Friday for allegedly killing a fellow inmate while awaiting his trial.
Prosecutors believe Samuel Rene Garcia, 33, of McAllen, delivered a fatal punch that killed Benny Chapman Harper during a fistfight that broke out Oct. 30, 2006, at the Hidalgo County Jail.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fatal punch brings manslaughter count to Boise man


A Boise man is charged after Noah Hopper was killed this week while drinking in a park with friends.
BY PATRICK ORR - porr@idahostatesman.com
Copyright: © 2009 Idaho Statesman

Joshua L. Luman is not a violent man, and whatever happened by the Julia Davis Park bandshell early Monday morning must have been an accident, his brother said Wednesday.
"(Joshua) is a really easygoing guy ... it's not like him to lose his temper at all," Adam Luman said. "I am sure he didn't mean to do anything ... I am sure he feels horrible about whatever happened."

Luman is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $500,000 bond after Boise police say he punched Noah Hopper in the face, which then caused Hopper to hit his head. Boise police say the impact of both blows likely led to his death.

Both men are 26.

Police said initially Luman would be charged with second-degree murder, but prosecutors charged Luman with the lesser offense of felony involuntary manslaughter in court Wednesday afternoon.
Adam Luman said his brother and Hopper, who went to high school together in Mountain Home and remained friends, went to a concert Sunday night. He said his brother didn't like to drink that much.
Luman had attended Boise State University as recently as this spring.
Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg has yet to release the cause and manner of death. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Police say that after the punch, Luman and another man the two were drinking with took Hopper to a Boise home. They later took him to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center around 5 p.m. Monday, after they were not able to get him to "wake up," according to police reports.
Hopper was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 23. If found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, Luman could be sent to prison for up to 10 years.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sam Davis 'killed by bullying gatecrasher with one blow'


AN aggressive bully who gatecrashed a birthday party, spoiling for a fight killed a teenager with a single blow, a court has heard.
A Supreme Court jury was today told Heath Arthur Clake felled Sam Davis so hard it tore one of his major arteries in half, causing both a brain haemorrhage and cardiac arrest.
Opening a 15-day trial, prosecutor Heath Barclay said Clake had not intended to kill Mr Davis - but his actions that night made it clear he wanted to fight.
"He was an aggressive bully who picked fights with a number of people... he was fired up," he said.
"He continued his angry, provocative behaviour so as to make further fights inevitable - that's what he wanted and that's what he got.
"Having started another fight, he finished it by delivering a blow to Mr Davis' head, killing him - that's the only reasonable inference that can be drawn."
Clake, 19, of Hallett Cove, has pleaded not guilty to one count of manslaughter.
It is alleged he killed Mr Davis, 17, at a party in a Brighton home in 2008.
Today, Mr Barclay told the jury Mr Davis - who had a blood alcohol reading of 0.09 - had been invited to that party, unlike Clake.
He said Clake "heckled, pushed, punched and bullied" people in the home's back yard, then followed revellers to the front yard when the celebration ended.
"Clake then provoked a situation that ended up in a melee, and Mr Davis became involved," he said.
Mr Barclay said 20 witnesses would give "very different" accounts of the brawl, and only one person had seen the fatal punch inflicted.
"He will tell you Mr Davis stopped moving, looked dizzy and, a couple of seconds later, collapsed," he said.
"Mr Davis lost consciousness almost immediately, and he never spoke again."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Witness saw argument before fatal punch


A witness has told South Australia's Supreme Court he saw two men arguing with his friend shortly before his friend was allegedly bashed, leading to his death.
Sam Davis, 17, died after allegedly being hit at a Brighton party in May 2008.
Heath Arthur Clake, 19, has pleaded not guilty to Davis' manslaughter.
Davis' friend, Jack Leroy Symonds, testified he attended the party where he was punched and put in a headlock by a man wearing a black jacket.
He said he later saw the same man and another person arguing with Davis in front of the party house.
Symonds said he went to intervene but was hit by the other person.
When he looked back towards Davis he saw his friend lying on the ground and the two men were gone.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

DA won't prosecute man who threw fatal punch


Calling it the toughest decision he's made in 21 years as a prosecutor, Shasta County District Attorney Jerry Benito announced Tuesday that he was not going to charge a Redding man accused of throwing a punch on a dance floor that knocked a man to the ground, eventually killing him.
Benito said that he wanted to charge Lennart Christian Schauman with manslaughter in the death of Adam Michael Martinez, 31, but he didn't think a Shasta County jury would agree beyond a reasonable doubt that Schauman was guilty.
Security video from the April 25 incident at Club Ice showed Schauman, 30, walking up and punching Martinez while he was either dancing with or touching Schauman's girlfriend, Kathy Willoughby, on the dance floor.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mum's anger at sentence for Rhyl man's killer


THE mum of a man who died after "ferocious blows" to his head outside a pub, last night branded her son’s killer a coward.
Tearful Angela Witherspoon expressed anger for the man who took the life of dad-of-two Jonathan Bennett in a violent attack.
The grandmother said she has to live with the horrific CCTV image of the fatal punch which plays over in her mind, as she told of her disgust at the "pitiful" three-year sentence imposed last week on the thug who did it.
Mr Bennett, 40, from Rhyl suffered two fierce strikes to the head in the brutal assault outside the town’s Grapevine pub in Water Street in February.
He was knocked unconscious by 45-year-old Thomas Bryan and died in hospital 13 days later after never coming round.
Experts said he was struck with such ferocious blows that he was probably out cold before hitting the ground.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Footballer jailed for killing rival with a punch


A SUNDAY league footballer who killed a rival player from west London with a single punch has been jailed for 28 months.
Brentford man Stephen Ritchie, 43, was "utterly defenceless" when he was attacked after an ill-tempered match between two rival teams, the Old Bailey heard.
Darren Forwood, 21, from West Drayton, hit Ritchie from behind so hard that his head twisted round and ruptured his arteries as he stumbled and fell to the ground.
Forwood, of Frays Avenue, admitted manslaughter at a hearing last month.
Judge Jeremy Roberts said: "This arose out of a football match which had degenerated into aggression and violence on both sides, which spilled over from the pitch and off the pitch.
"There is too much of this kind of violence around at the moment and it has to be made clear that people who behave in that way will receive severe sentences."
The mother, partner, brother and daughter of the victim were in court.
Some wept as details of the incident at Little Harlington Playing Fields in Hayes, Hillingdon, in November last year were read out.
Timothy Cray, prosecuting, said: "He clearly was a much-loved and well-liked man and the loss to his family, all of whom are in court, is immeasurable."
Ritchie was killed following a game between his team, the Old Greenfordians, and Forwood's team Kingshill Town, who were "close rivals" in the Hayes and District Sunday Football League Division One, Cray said.
Kingshill went 3-0 up in the first half but the game "degenerated" as they collapsed to a 4-3 defeat, with Ritchie sent off for a push and Forwood booked for a bad tackle, the court heard.
After the game, a number of angry Kingshill players who blamed Ritchie for their defeat confronted him.
Cray said: "It is clear that Mr Ritchie showed absolutely no aggression and was heard to say 'I am not fighting you over a game of football'.
"Some of the players from both teams were trying to form a physical barrier, but this defendant - Darren Forwood - came round the back of the barrier.
"He came up behind the victim and Mr Ritchie, who couldn't have sighted him, was utterly defenceless as the blow was given.

"The blow was delivered with sufficient force to knock Ritchie off his feet"

"Cray said it was the blow to the head rather than the fall which caused the "unusual" injuries leading to death.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Man jailed for fatal punch


A man who delivered a fatal punch to a man during an argument in the southern Perth suburb of Yangebup in 2008 has been jailed for one year.
Grant Richardson died from bleeding on the brain after his life support was switched off a day after he was punched by 21-year-old Michael Stephen Barrett.
The Perth District Court heard Barrett's actions had arisen out of several misunderstandings, but he had deliberately and forcefully hit Mr Richardson, who was aged 40.

New Bedford man charged in stabbing that preceded fatal punch


NEW BEDFORD — Four young men were allegedly "causing trouble" in a corner of the Regal Beagle Sports Bar early Sunday.
When a patron tried to escort them outside, one became angry. Another suspect pulled out a knife and attacked a married couple, resulting in a brawl that spilled outside, where a 44-year-old Berkley man was fatally punched, according to police reports filed Wednesday in New Bedford District Court.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Janvrin indicted in Eaton's death


SEABROOK — The man who threw what proved to be fatal punch that ended the life of Scott Eaton in a bar room fight last August was indicted this month by a Rockingham County grand jury.

David S. Janvrin, 34, of 50 River St., in Seabrook, was indicted on one count of second-degree assault for punching Eaton in the face in the pool hall at the Old Firebarn Restaurant, on Aug. 2.
Eaton died the next morning at Bringham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Suspect indicted in fatal punch case


SEABROOK — The man who police allege threw a punch that ended the life of Scott Eaton in a bar room fight last August was indicted this week by a Rockingham County grand jury.
David S. Janvrin, 34, of 50 River St., Seabrook, was indicted on one count of second degree assault for punching Eaton in the face in the pool hall at the Old Firebarn Restaurant Aug. 2. Eaton died the next morning at Bringham and Women's Hospital in Boston

Friday, June 12, 2009

Court Must Decide if Sean Sanders is 'Persistent Felon'


The man convicted of delivering a fatal punch to another man after a softball game last summer was in court Friday.

File photo. Judge John Connell ordered the court to take Sean Sanders' fingerprints. Sanders was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in April for punching Dan Andrews in the back of the head after a game in Parma.
Andrews died from blunt force trauma a day later.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

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.'

Thursday, May 28, 2009

‘Random punch killed grandad’


A GRANDFATHER died after being punched in an unprovoked and random attack outside a pub, a jury was told yesterday.
Cliff Palmer is said to have been knocked to the ground before struggling to his feet and falling again twice after the incident in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, last year.
Mr Palmer died in hospital the following day from a haemorrhage caused by a tear in a blood vessel at the base of his brain, a Teesside Crown Court jury was told.
Michael Kelly, who is standing trial for manslaughter, is alleged to have punched father- of-two Mr Palmer outside Blakes pub.
The jury heard that Mr Kelly had earlier told a doorman at the town centre pub that he had had an argument with his girlfriend and that they had “split up again”.
Members of 73-year-old Mr Palmer’s family sobbed in the public gallery as they heard details of the alleged assault and saw his last moments recorded on the pub’s CCTV.
Mr Kelly was said to have fled the scene, but was arrested after the security film was examined, and was later picked out in a series of identity parades.

Young footy player killed by punch


The following tragic story tells of how one young mans life was cut short by a punch thrown by another young man in a moment of rage. It is tragic for the young mans family who died but equally tragic for the young man who threw the punch. This young man is no thug and now has to live his life with the consequences of this fatal reckless act. The worse thing now is to send him jail. A more suitable penalty is to give him a suspended sentence. Why destroy his life and his families for one reckless fatal incident??? I know. I was involved in a similar incident at the same age. Young men fighting dont intend to permanently hurt the other person and certainly dont intend to kill them. They just want to prove who's tougher.Dont destroy another young life with a jail sentence.

Yob killed father-of-three with single punch and then celebrated 'as if he'd scored a goal'


A drunkend thug who killed a father of three with a single punch - then celebrated "as if he had scored a goal" - has been jailed for just three years.
Jeffrey Gosling, 20, could be free in time for next Christmas.
His victim Billy Fellows, 51, had just finished working at a social club he ran when Gosling launched a totally unprovoked attack shortly after midnight on August 25.
Mr Fellows was knocked down and suffered multiple skull fractures when his head hit the pavement.

Seven years for a punch that killed


A man has been jailed for seven years for killing another man with one punch and kicking and punching him as he lay dead.
Bradford Crown Court heard how Steven Sharp-Tetley felled Dale Marshall with a blow to the head, causing a violent movement of his neck and shearing an artery. As Mr Marshall, 41, lay dead or dying, Sharp-Tetley dragged him into a Queensbury side street and rained "Tyson punches" and kicks on his body. Experts calculated up to a dozen blows were struck.
Sharp-Tetley, 23, of Ford Hill, Queensbury, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of provocation.
Passing sentence, Judge James Stewart QC said it was a "sustained and violent" assault and he found it difficult to believe Sharp-Tetley had gone after Mr Marshall just to apologise.
Thomas Bayliss, prosecuting, said both men had been drinking heavily that Friday night last July. In the Tuckers pub, in Queensbury, Sharp-Tetley took exception to Mr Marshall's conduct towards a group of women. There was a scuffle and both were ordered to leave.
At about 9.30 pm Sharp-Tetley was outside apologising to Mr Marshall, but the landlord told them to move on. Witnesses saw Mr Marshall, who lived in Crossley Street, Queensbury, staggering from side to side and Sharp-Tetley running after him, swearing. They were seen entering High Street Place. A couple living in the street saw Sharp-Tetley punch Mr Marshall several times before kicking and punching him in the head as he lay on the ground.

UPDATE: Teacher Dies After Being Punched


KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- The man accused of fatally punching a Kenosha middle school teacher has asked that his case be heard outside Kenosha County.
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Twenty-year-old Martin Walker is charged with felony murder for the February death of 24-year-old Colin Byars.
Witnesses have told police that Byars and Walker had a confrontation outside Big Shotz Sports Bar Feb. 21 before Walker punched Byars in the face. Byars fell and hit his head.
Defense attorneys have also asked a judge to dismiss the case against Walker. His lawyers are expected to argue that witnesses said both men appeared ready to fight.
A hearing on the change of venue and dismissal motion is scheduled June 25.

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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Police: Man Suffers Fatal Punch At Gas Station


AKRON, Ohio -- Officials are investigating a death following a verbal altercation at the Circle K on Brown Street Friday.
Police said Samson Taylor, 55, and another man were in line outside the gas station window when the altercation escalated.
Taylor was punched in the head, causing him to hit the ground. He suffered severe head injuries and died two days later at Akron General Hospital.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Love rival's punch killed man, 90


A 90-YEAR-OLD man was killed after fighting with a love rival three years older than himself, an inquest heard yesterday.
Charles Knox was bowled over by a "nasty punch" at the Firlands Sheltered Housing Scheme in Bishop's Stortford, HerCare assistant Pamela Cakebread told the inquest at Epping, Essex: "I was just talking to Mr Knox when this other man came out and started shouting at him.
"Then the man just went over and punched him - it was nasty. I was shocked."
A worker at the home said at the time of the incident the two men had been infatuated with a resident in her 80s.
Coroner Caroline Beasley Murray recorded a verdict of unlawful killing after being told that the other pensioner had received a formal police caution over the incident.ts, in January and died 11 days later in hospital.

Labourer: I threw punch that killed Keith Hanna


A labourer who killed motorist Keith Hanna (pictured) with a single punch in Chertsey town centre, has admitted manslaughter at the Old Bailey.
Joseph Sewell, 39, of Viggory Lane, Woking hit Mr Hanna as he sat in his car in Guildford Street in the early hours of July 13 last year.
Mr Hanna, 59, died of a brain haemorrhage at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, after the incident and Sewell was arrested several weeks later after an extensive police search.

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.

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


Derrick Dykas, 24, testified in his own defense Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. He told jurors that 30-year-old Matthew Hockey threatened him during an argument outside a Lakewood bar. He was only defending himself, he said, when he delivered the single punch that killed Hockey.

-- 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.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Man Accused In Fatal Punch, Robbery Ordered To Stand Trial


A man accused of robbing and punching a 67-year-old female hotel desk clerk, who died the next day, must stand trial on murder and other charges, a judge ruled today.
Brian Lefler, 30, faces 25 years to life if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan.

Vista Judge Harry Elias ruled after an all-day preliminary hearing that sufficient evidence was presented to order Lefler to stand trial on charges of murder, kidnapping for robbery, robbery, elder abuse and false imprisonment of an elder.

The judge set a readiness conference for June 18 and trial for July 9.
According to the prosecution, Lefler punched Barbara Novelich in the face while robbing the Tamarack Beach Resort in Carlsbad about 4:10 a.m. last Nov. 16.
Stephan alleges that Lefler pushed the victim to the ground and pulled her under a desk, demanding to know the location of the safe.

Lefler allegedly took $300, demanded the victim's car keys and got away in her car.
Novelich was treated at a local hospital for three facial fractures, but was not admitted. She was found dead on her houseboat in Oceanside the next day from acute cardiac complications stemming from her facial injuries, Stephan said.

Doctor: Effects of punch, kick killed immigrant


A medical expert hired by prosecutors says a single devastating punch and an equally ferocious kick were all it took to kill a Mexican immigrant.
Luis Ramirez died from a melee with a group of white high school football players in the small northeastern Pennsylvania town of Shenandoah last summer. Prosecutors say it was a racially motivated attack, but the defense disputes that.
Seventeen-year-old Brandon Piekarsky is charged with third-degree murder, accused of delivering the fatal kick. He's on trial with 19-year-old Derrick Donchak, charged with aggravated assault. Both are charged with ethnic intimidation.
Piekarsky's lawyer maintains that 18-year-old Brian Scully is the one kicked Ramirez. Scully has testified that he tried to kick Ramirez but missed and Piekarsky successfully kicked him.

Parents speak of night a single punch killed their son


The Herald this week uncovers the harrowing story of how a moment of violence cost a 20-year-old man his life and devastated the lives of his family.
Ashley Stait was found dead at a friend's house in Church Lane July of last year, sparking a murder probe by Tamworth police....

Even now exactly what happened is not clear – but what is known is that at some point Tomkins punched Ashley and the force jerked his head back, rupturing the main artery in his neck and causing a fatal brain haemorrhage.

Freak punch killed promising footballer Sam Davis


EMERGING footballer Sam Davis died from a freak single punch that severed a crucial bone in his spine, the Adelaide Magistrates Court has heard today.
The young man who allegedly king-hit the South Adelaide footballer during a party fight was today granted home detention bail.
Heath Arthur Clake, 18, has been in custody since the incident at a party at Brighton in May.
Davis, 17, died in hospital days after being hit once, allegedly by Clake, during what prosecutor David Plater described as a "confusing melee or fracas."
Mr Plater opposed Clake's release on bail, saying there were real fears the accused would commit more offences if released on bail.
Mr Plater said Clake was on bail and under a night-time curfew when he allegedly king hit Davis from behind or the side.
He said the melee had started with "some dispute about surfing."
"(Clake) struck the deceased in a part of his spine whereby it has resulted in his eventual death," Mr Plater said.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Highmore Man Gets Jail, Probation For Fatal Punch


A 19-year-old Highmore man will serve six months in jail and be on probation for 15 years for killing a Gettysburg teen with a punch to the head.Blake Hemminger earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and acknowledged hitting 14-year-old Zach Glaesman in the head during a May 26 street dance in Orient.The blow led to medical complications and Glaesman died June 7 in a Sioux Falls hospital.In exchange for Hemminger's plea, a manslaughter charge was dismissed.He was given a 15-year suspended prison sentence, must pay tens of thousands of dollars in restitution for medical and funeral costs and talk to young people about the dangers of underage drinking.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Verdict reached in trial of man who threw fatal punch


SAN DIEGO – A verdict was reached Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of punching a taxicab passenger who later died.
Sam Bonsu is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault in the May 2008 death of Nathaniel “Nat” Ward. The verdict is scheduled to be read Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.
Bonsu was angry and looking for a fight, a prosecutor told a jury during closing arguments in the defendant's trial Tuesday morning. Bonsu slightly shook his head as he heard prosecutor Corrine Miesfeld tell jurors the defendant attacked the victim and his friends in Pacific Beach without provocation.

“He followed them. He stopped. He yelled at them and he went up to them,” Miesfeld said. “Does this sound like a person who is scared?”
Gary Gibson, Bonsu's defense attorney, said the punches Bonsu delivered to Ward's temple and to the face of Colin Costanzo, Ward's friend, were done in self-defense.
“Alcohol fueled this confrontation, not a 35-year-old sober man. The prosecution's evidence is insufficient because the witnesses are lying to you,” Gibson told the panel.
Authorities said Ward, 25, and three friends had been drinking and celebrating another friend's graduation May 23. They partied until the early hours of May 24 at the Pacific Beach Bar and Grill on Garnet Avenue.

The group, including Ward, took a cab home to an apartment on Bond Street, near Grand Avenue, about 2 a.m.
Miesfeld said a gray Scion driven by Bonsu pulled out in front of the group's taxi and nearly collided with the cab.
She said Bonsu then confronted the passengers in the cab as they were paying the fare outside one of the men's apartment. Ward and Costanzo were each struck once.
Miesfeld said the blow to Ward's temple caused him to fall to the ground and left him unconscious. He was hospitalized and released, but days later he slipped into a coma and was declared brain dead May 29.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Former MMA Fighter Jailed


Putting a hurting on your opponent in the cage or the octagon is a good thing.
Putting it on a Nevada State Trooper? Not so good.
A one-time mixed martial arts fighter has been sentenced to a year in jail for duking a Nevada Highway Patrol officer who pulled him over for drunken driving.
Joshua Pupa, 28, of Fall River, Mass., was sentenced last week in Washoe County District Court to the max term after pleading guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of battery on a police officer.

Pupa, who now a construction worker, also plead guilty Friday to drunken driving charges.
It appears he was not only drunk, but that he was pissed as well. Pupa was accused of assaulting the officer - who suffered head, wrist and knee injuries - but he also forced another trooper to twice fire his Taser gun to stop him during the the Oct. 24 attack in Reno, Nevada.
When Pupa was arrested, troopers found his card from the New Jersey State Athletic Commission identifying him as a certified martial artist.

Pupa, who is 5-foot-11 inches tall and weighs 225 pounds, told troopers he drank most of a bottle of Stolichnaya vodka and that he had been indulging in a little reefer as well.
According to Pupa, he went after the trooper because he believed the officer made a disrespectful comment to a female passenger in this car.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pathologists: Punch, kick killed Ramirez


As life seeped away from Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala, his body showed the loss, a forensic pathologist testified Wednesday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse at the trial of two teenagers in connection with his fatal beating in July 2008 in Shenandoah.“The brain tissue started to ooze out. The brain is dying,” said Dr. Barbara K. Bollinger, who performed the autopsy on Ramirez on July 15, the day after he died from injuries inflicted during the beating. “The cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head. The manner of death is homicide.”

Monday, April 20, 2009

Road-rage driver who killed fellow M1 motorist with one punch is jailed


A driver who "lost control" and killed another motorist in a motorway road rage incident was jailed for 27 months today.

Graham Cahill, 44, punched 25-year-old Toby Cooke once on the hard shoulder of the M1 in Bedfordshire in May last year.

Cahill was sentenced at Luton crown court today after previously admitting manslaughter. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.

The court heard that Cahill, of Harrow, north London, pulled over on to the hard shoulder of the motorway to confront Cooke over his driving on May 22 last year. The network manager then felled his victim with one punch during the attack on the northbound carriageway near junction 10.

Cooke, a forklift truck driver, from Luton, Bedfordshire, died in hospital four days later from injuries caused by his head striking the ground.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Labourer: I threw punch that killed Keith Hanna


A labourer who killed motorist Keith Hanna (pictured) with a single punch in Chertsey town centre, has admitted manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

Joseph Sewell, 39, of Viggory Lane, Woking hit Mr Hanna as he sat in his car in Guildford Street in the early hours of July 13 last year.

Mr Hanna, 59, died of a brain haemorrhage at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, after the incident and Sewell was arrested several weeks later after an extensive police search.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Russia Karate Expert Kills Two Over Lice Infection


A Russian karate expert has been charged with beating to death a 61-year-old woman and her son, whom he accused of infecting his wife with lice, an investigator said Friday.
The drunk 26-year-old burst into a neighbouring room in his hostel on Tuesday and used karate moves to kill the pair, state investigator Eduard Abdullin said by telephone from Kazan, a city 700 km (430 miles) east of Moscow.

"He literally beat them to death with his hands and feet," Abdullin said. "The family were poor and drank a lot. He blamed them for infecting his wife and the entire corridor with lice."
The 58-year-old husband of the dead woman was also badly beaten, but survived.
The suspect, who studied karate for seven years, faces life in prison if convicted, Abdullin added.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Man who killed surfer with 1 punch gets 20 years



SAN DIEGO - A man who killed professional surfer Emery Kauanui with a single punch was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in prison following a murder trial that captivated the seaside community of La Jolla.

Seth Cravens, 23, apologized to the victim's family and to his own family in a brief statement. Kauanui, 24, suffered the punch outside his mother's house on May 24, 2007.
"I'm really sorry for your guys' loss," Cravens said, turning in his chair to face Kauanui's mother and older brother.

Superior Court Judge John Einhorn said the death was "unforgivable" and sentenced Cravens to 15 years for second-degree murder and five years for an unrelated assault.
Cindy Kauanui choked with emotion as she recounted raising three boys on her own, first in Kauai, Hawaii, and later in Southern California after a hurricane damaged the island in 1992. Emery, the middle child, loved the ocean and was never embarrassed to show his mother affection.

Man who killed surfer with 1 punch gets 20 years


SAN DIEGO - A man who killed professional surfer Emery Kauanui with a single punch was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in prison following a murder trial that captivated the seaside community of La Jolla.
Seth Cravens, 23, apologized to the victim's family and to his own family in a brief statement. Kauanui, 24, suffered the punch outside his mother's house on May 24, 2007.
"I'm really sorry for your guys' loss," Cravens said, turning in his chair to face Kauanui's mother and older brother.
Superior Court Judge John Einhorn said the death was "unforgivable" and sentenced Cravens to 15 years for second-degree murder and five years for an unrelated assault.

Man who killed surfer with 1 punch gets 20 years


SAN DIEGO - A man who killed professional surfer Emery Kauanui with a single punch was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in prison following a murder trial that captivated the seaside community of La Jolla.
Seth Cravens, 23, apologized to the victim's family and to his own family in a brief statement. Kauanui, 24, suffered the punch outside his mother's house on May 24, 2007.
"I'm really sorry for your guys' loss," Cravens said, turning in his chair to face Kauanui's mother and older brother.
Superior Court Judge John Einhorn said the death was "unforgivable" and sentenced Cravens to 15 years for second-degree murder and five years for an unrelated assault.
Cindy Kauanui choked with emotion as she recounted raising three boys on her own, first in Kauai, Hawaii, and later in Southern California after a hurricane damaged the island in 1992. Emery, the middle child, loved the ocean and was never embarrassed to show his mother affection.

Monday, January 19, 2009

MMA Fighter Jeff Monson Arrested, Jailed on Assault Charge


The mixed martial arts heavyweight Jeff Monson has been arrested and jailed in North Carolina for suspicion of assault on a female and injury to real property, The Olympian is reporting. Monson was already facing felony charges in connection with the picture at right, which was published in ESPN the Magazine. It shows Monson spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the Washington State Capitol.The new charges come after a woman said Monson attacked her and damaged her home. From The Olympian:

Stephanie Trapani, 30, of Advance, North Carolina, said Monson is in jail for trashing her home and grabbing her after an argument Saturday. Trapani says she had a romantic relationship with Monson, but they got in an argument after found out he had romantic relationships with other women. She also alleges "he has two wives." She said she found out information about his other girlfriends on his cell phone and she then threw the cell phone out the window of her car while she was driving to pick him up at the gym. When he found out his cell phone was gone when they returned to Trapani's home, he got angry. "He went ballistic," she said.