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''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,22606,24293692-5006301,00.html

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.