Thursday, May 28, 2009

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.

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