A single punch during a Bank Holiday weekend pub scuffle left one man dead and put another behind bars as a convicted killer.
Adam Lynn, from Kingstanding Road, was today (July 16) jailed for killing Jonathan Woodhall during a fight in the beer garden of Great Barr pub the Deerâ€™s Leap on Good Friday.
Fellow drinkers at the Queslett Road bar described how Mr Woodhall tried separating his cousin and another man as they traded punches âˆ’ but was knocked out cold by Lynn as he stepped in.
The 27-year-old, from Tamworth, suffered a serious brain injury and was pronounced dead the following day in hospital.
Detectives viewed CCTV footage of the disorder and identified 24-year-old Lynn as responsible for delivering the fatal blow; he was arrested the following evening from an address in Pheaseyâ€™s Rippingille Road.
He refused to answer questions during interview but at Birmingham Crown Court admitted manslaughter and today was jailed for three years.
A statement released by Mr Woodhallâ€™s family read: “Known to family and friends as Paddy, he was a happy, loyal, lovable and caring man and a fantastic dad, who doted on his son.”
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Ian Wilkins, said: “This is a tragic case where a dispute between two groups on a night out has changed the lives of two men forever âˆ’ one has died and the other has been jailed as a convicted killer.
“Anyone who throws a punch must understand that momentary loss of self-control can have a devastating, long-term impact for both themselves and their victim. There can be no excuses and, like Lynn, they must face the consequences.”
The fight broke out at around 7.30pm on Good Friday between two men with a history of bad blood between them.
Minutes later Mr Woodhall was found slumped, motionless across a bench as onlookers put him in the recovery position and tried administering first aid.
Witnesses described the two main aggressors continuing to fight whilst the victim lay fatally injured and one overheard Lynn sayingÂ “itâ€™s really serious, heâ€™s really hurt and (words to the effect of) Iâ€™ve killed him”.
Two other men âˆ’ aged 24- and 27-years old, both from Kingstanding âˆ’ were also charged with public order offences in relation to the disorder and are scheduled to stand trial on 15 August at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
Earlier this summer West Midlands Police launched its alcohol-related violence campaign urging people to drink sensibly and stay in control whilst on nights out.
The campaign âˆ’ donâ€™t get your #selfie into trouble this summer âˆ’ plots the nights out of three partygoers through a series of â€˜selfieâ€™ snaps and illustrates how blurred, drunken decisions can have life-changing consequences.
Campaign lead Chief Inspector Sean Russell, said: “It happens all too often: fun nights out turning sour because peopleâ€™s judgement is clouded by alcohol and they end up getting embroiled in situations theyâ€™d normally avoid.
“When drinking, fights can be sparked by the most insignificant things like a petty argument, a spilt drink or stray glance. Itâ€™s no excuse to say it was â€˜the alcohol talkingâ€™ and anyone involved in violence can expect to spend at least one night in a police cell âˆ’ and possibly much longer in a prison cell.”