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.

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