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 and on Twitter at
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